Contemplating the 2011 Rotation

There are a few ways the 2010 Yankee pitching rotation could end up. Let’s run ’em down. Disclaimer: I’m not including Javier Vazquez in any of these plans. I think there’s literally a 0.0% chance he is with the Yankees after 2010. First, there’s this one: CC Sabathia/Cliff Lee/A.J. Burnett/Andy Pettitte/Phil Hughes That’d is probably the most desirable rotation out there. It’s got two of the best lefties in the game, a flame throwing (but inconsistent) right hander with a devastating curveball, a veteran lefty who can pitch a good amount of innings, and a young righty with plenty of Continue reading Contemplating the 2011 Rotation

Series Preview: Yankees vs. White Sox II

The Yankees (78-49, tied for first in the AL East) head to Chicago (69-58, 2nd in the AL Central) for the first and only time this season, as they face the White Sox in their last AL Central series of the year. Last time these two teams squared off was the end of April/beginning of May, and the Yankees took two of three at home. The lone loss was a Home Run Javy special, although Andy Pettitte might have lost his start as well if he hadn’t been bailed out by what may have been Derek Jeter‘s biggest game of Continue reading Series Preview: Yankees vs. White Sox II

If Andy has setback, expect targeting Kuroda

There was a level of panic being promulgated by the local newspapers yesterday surrounding Andy Pettitte’s scheduled bullpen session today. Some of it was sparked by this quote from Joe Girardi: If Pettitte passes a bullpen test tomorrow in Chicago, the Yankees can start planning on when the veteran lefty will return from the disabled list. If the groin doesn’t allow Pettitte to push off the rubber? How about a dark October? “I think it will be a good indication,” manager Joe Girardi said of what Pettitte is able to do in the 20- to 25-pitch session. “If he is Continue reading If Andy has setback, expect targeting Kuroda

Chicago White Sox Preview 8/27-8/29

Coming off a series loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees roll into Chicago for a three-game set against the White Sox.  The Yankees last faced Chicago in early May, winning two of the three games in the series.  Needless to say, the teams have changed quite a bit over that time and with rumors surrounding Manny Ramirez there could be more changes in Chicago, but as of now we will ignore Mannywood and the circus it brings.  The White Sox are in a fight for a playoff spot, as they are just 3.5 games behind the Twins and nine games out of the wild card race.

Pitching Matchups:
August 27: A.J. Burnett (9-11, 4.80) vs. Freddy Garcia (10-5, 5.08)

August 28: CC Sabathia (17-5, 3.02) vs. John Danks (12-8, 3.31)

August 29: Ivan Nova (0-0, 2.16) vs. Gavin Floyd (9-10, 3.91)

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Revenue Sharing Is Dead

Major League Baseball’s system of revenue sharing died this week. Out of respect for the system’s mourners (chief among them the Pirates and Marlins), baseball will continue to follow the rules mandated by the defunct revenue sharing system until baseball’s collective bargaining agreement expires in 2011. But believe me, the system is dead. Like a certain dead parrot of Monty Python fame, baseball’s revenue sharing is no more, it has expired and gone to meet its maker, it’s a stiff, bereft of life, it rests in peace, it’s pushing up the daisies, it’s kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible.

The death of baseball revenue sharing was reported between the lines of the financial statements leaked this week by deadspin.com. These financial statements covered two years of operations for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, Florida Marlins, LA of Anaheim Angels, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. With all due respect to my colleague Brien, these leaked financial statements are a big deal. A very big deal.

The documents reveal that the Pirates, Marlins and Rays are receiving substantial amounts of revenue sharing – nearly $50 million a year in the case of the Marlins. Under the terms of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, each team is required to use its revenue sharing money to improve its on-the-field performance. But from the leaked financial statements, it appears instead that some teams (in particular, the Pirates and Marlins) are not using the bulk of these revenue sharing moneys to make their teams better. Instead, these teams retain most revenue sharing money as net profits.

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Kerry On

The following was originally posted at http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com It’s been a long time since Kerry Wood struck out twenty as a Chicago Cub. A long time, filled with injuries and disappointments and ultimately relegation to bullpen duty. Many point to Wood’s struggles, and that of another one-time Chicago Cub, Mark Prior, in being the impetus towards today’s obsession with young pitchers and doing everything possible shy of actual bubble wrap to protect them (see “Strasburg, Stephen” and “Joba Rules” (the latter under 2007/2008 entries) ). It’s been a long time and I’m not sure how many ever thought he’d find himself Continue reading Kerry On

If the 1998 Yankees played in 2009?

During a recent broadcast Paul O’Neill said something that intrigued me. He was talking to Michael Kay when Kay mentioned that Brian Cashman believes the Yankees struggle to sign veteran bench players because the team’s roster is set at so many positions so the veterans feel they wouldn’t get enough playing time to be productive. O’Neill said he thought that was odd because the late 90’s teams had so many productive veterans, even though the roster was fairly complete. My impression of the 1998 team has always been that it had dominant pitching and an evenly distributed, deadly from top-to-bottom Continue reading If the 1998 Yankees played in 2009?

Why Joe Girardi Is Not Going Anywhere

In anticipation of the Yankees upcoming trip to Chicago and in conjunction with the recent retirement of Cubs skipper Lou Pinella, the media has been playing up the idea that Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi might bolt for Chicago after the season is over. While I cannot dismiss the idea as an impossibility, I do think that it is extremely unlikely that Joe leaves New York. When a player or manager leaves one city for another, it is usually for one of four reasons. Let’s run through them and look at where New York and Chicago place in each category: 1) Continue reading Why Joe Girardi Is Not Going Anywhere

Javy the Reliever

Javier Vazquez took over for Phil Hughes last night, pitching the last 4.1 innings, giving up just one run (on a homer, of course) on two hits and one walk with two strikeouts. With Ivan Nova’s successful first Major League start the other night, it appears that we’re going to see Vazquez in the bullpen for the foreseeable future. Javy is talented enough to succeed in the bullpen. After all, he’s been one of the most durable and consistent starters of the last decade or so. Of course, Javy isn’t the typical reliever. It’s been well documented that he’s lost Continue reading Javy the Reliever