The ARod #600 Home Run watch drones on

ARod’s comments sure pleased me:

A-Rod’s homerless streak reached 26 at-bats as he continues his pursuit of No. 600, but a 2-for-5 night in the Yankees’ 8-0 win left a big smile on the third baseman’s face.

I liked my approach better tonight,” Rodriguez said. “The more I can think about the team, how I can help the team win and be productive, the better it will be for the team and for everyone.”

A-Rod is 8-for-26 (.308) with six RBI since he hit No. 599 last Thursday in the Bronx, but his homerless streak between 599 and 600 now stands as the longest by any player pursuing the milestone. A-Rod had been tied with Willie Mays at 21 at-bats entering Wednesday night.

Thinking small is what we need,” Rodriguez said. “If I keep the frame of mind of trying to do the little things and help the team win, it’s going to be a lot easier.”

Home runs sure help a team win, but not if they come at the expense of the rest of his game. … Click here to read the rest

Yankee offense doubles output of first two games combined in beating Indians 8-0

After averaging two runs per in the first two games of this four-game set, the Yankee bats finally came alive in Cleveland, tagging Fausto Carmona for seven earned runs en route to an 8-0 victory. It was the team’s first shutout since CC Sabathia‘s Father’s Day victory over a month ago.

A.J. Burnett had the curveball working, which was a good thing considering Burnett told reporters after the game “When A.J. doesn’t have his curveball, it’s going to be a tough night.” What A.J. failed to mention is why, for $16.5 million a year, he doesn’t have his curveball every time out on the mound.

Ribbing aside, A.J. was very good this game, throwing 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball with 7 strikeouts. Believe it or not, A.J. actually has the lowest ERA of the starting rotation in July (2.00, to go with a 3.45 FIP and 4.78 xFIP), so I guess he’s finally back on track after that execrable June.… Click here to read the rest

Game 100: Yankees 8, Indians 0

The Yankees continued to attack Carmona in the second.  Curtis Granderson and Cervelli both singled and Brett Gardner chopped one into right field, scoring Granderson who made a nice slide into home, putting the Yankees up 2-0.  Gardner stole second and Nick Swisher put together a nice at bat that culminated in a walk to load the bases.  Teixeira then singled to right, scoring Gardner and Cervelli and giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead early in the game.

Robinson Cano started the Yankees in the third inning, knocking a double off the wall in left field.  Jorge Posada grounded out, moving Cano to third in the process.  Granderson then continued his hot streak, tripling off the wall and plating Cano.  Cervelli was hit by a pitch and Gardner doubled, scoring Granderson.  Jeter hit into a force out, with Cervelli getting caught in a run down before he was tagged out.  Swisher singled, scoring Gardner and Carmona’s evening was done early as the Indians pulled him.  … Click here to read the rest

Bloggers weigh in-What’s your next move with Joba?

Since he arrived in the major leagues in August of 2007, Joba Chamberlain has always been a lightning rod, eliciting a wide range opinions among hard core Yankee fans and others who follow the game of baseball.  With that in mind, I wanted to take the pulse of some prominent members of the Yankee blogging community. I shot out some e-mails last night and asked the question “What’s your next move with Joba?” On the heels of his bullpen demotion, the Yanks have some big decisions to make with him. The July 31st trade deadline is looming, and they have until August 7th if they want to send him down to AAA without clearing waivers. So the options they currently face are to 1) trade him, 2) demote him to AAA or 3) stay the course.

I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to reply, and hope that I don’t get anyone upset if I didn’t use your submission.… Click here to read the rest

Bloggers weigh in-What's your next move with Joba?

Since he arrived in the major leagues in August of 2007, Joba Chamberlain has always been a lightning rod, eliciting a wide range opinions among hard core Yankee fans and others who follow the game of baseball.  With that in mind, I wanted to take the pulse of some prominent members of the Yankee blogging community. I shot out some e-mails last night and asked the question “What’s your next move with Joba?” On the heels of his bullpen demotion, the Yanks have some big decisions to make with him. The July 31st trade deadline is looming, and they have until August 7th if they want to send him down to AAA without clearing waivers. So the options they currently face are to 1) trade him, 2) demote him to AAA or 3) stay the course.

I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to reply, and hope that I don’t get anyone upset if I didn’t use your submission.… Click here to read the rest

Quiet Tuesday for Trade Rumors

Yesterday was a relatively quiet day for the Yankees in terms of trade rumors, with just a few notes.

First on the Joakim Soria front, we see that Soria’s contract has the Yankees listed as a team to which he would reject a trade. Before learning this, I’d say the chances of a deal getting done were pretty low and this makes those chances essentially non-existent. Soria would look nice setting up for Mariano Rivera, but for now it looks to be a pipe dream.

The next piece is much more interesting. It tells us that the Phillies were going to try to move Jayson Werth to the Yankees in a three team deal for Dan Haren. Of course, Verducci makes a more or less glancing pass at this notion. Still, it would’ve been interesting to see what kind of deal would have been worked out to get Werth in Pinstripes. That’s a deal, though, I don’t see the Yankees making unless another outfielder gets shipped off somewhere else as well.… Click here to read the rest

Joba has been bad, but why are his peripherals so good?

Joba Chamberlain seems to be on his last legs, if not as a Yankee, then perhaps with the big league club for a while. For the first time since he made his debut in 2007, the team appears willing to deal the young pitcher. The ever-loyal Joe Girardi has even turned against him. He announced before and after Monday’s game that Chamberlain has lost the 8th inning job, his second demotion this season.

For the foreseeable future, the once off-limits Joba is now just a reserve arm in the bullpen, to be used when needed, ideally when the game is not on the line. This stunning fall from grace warrants a closer look to understand why Chamberlain is struggling, and what, if anything, can be done about it.

Unfortunately, Joba’s numbers don’t paint a clean picture. His ERA is 5.95, which is atrocious, but his FIP and xFIP are 3.01 and 3.41, respectively, both solid figures. What’s more is that he has improved his strikeout, walk and home run rates from 2009.… Click here to read the rest

Pedroia, Francona and Media Narratives

The story about Dustin Pedroia and his injured foot is hardly new ground, but yesterday readers were treated to a new bit of information about his timetable for recovery, and the risks he has been running by attempting to play.  In the Boston Globe’s Red Sox notebook yesterday we read the following:

Dr. Lewis Yocum examined the injured Red Sox second baseman yesterday and informed him that the broken medial navicular bone in his left foot will need at least six weeks to heal, not the five weeks Pedroia was hoping for.

“He kind of scared me a little bit,’’ Pedroia said last night before the Sox played the Angels. “There’s nothing really that I can do. Just time’s got to heal me. He kind of told me I can’t play unless I feel no pain, which isn’t good.

“I didn’t realize how serious it was and how long it’s going to take.’’

Today marks 33 days since Pedroia was injured, well short of six weeks.… Click here to read the rest

My Brief Take on the Eighth Inning

Alright, so it appears that Joba Chamberlain has lost the ever important eighth inning role. Frankly, it’s about time…but not for the reasons you’d think.

Obviously, Chamberlain hasn’t performed well as of late and taking him out of high leverage situations is a good idea. Until he proves different, Joba shouldn’t be used in high leverage situations. David Robertson is, apparently, getting a shot as the set up guy. I’ve always been a big fan of Robertson and I hope he flourishes in this role. However, I’d be just as fine if he didn’t get an extended shot. But, then again, I don’t know if Joba should keep getting the ball handed to him, Damaso Marte is hurt, and while Boone Logan is pitching well, I think we’re all waiting for the other shoe to drop. Trading for bullpen help is always a risky proposition and the only reliable piece–Joakim Soria–seems to cost way too much.

So, what should Joe Girardi do?… Click here to read the rest