Some random Jeter thoughts

As promised earlier in comments, rather than continuing to try to tie a bunch of semi-related points together in the ongoing saga if Derek Jeter, I’m just going to shoot off some random thoughts about Jeter, the Yankees, the media, and basically everything else that’s directly and indirectly linked to the “controversy” surrounding the Yankee captain. I’ll put them all after the jump so you can skip over this post if you’re not interested anymore.

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How far would you go for Liriano?

Dan Menella of MLBTR posed an interesting question on Sunday that I wanted to throw out to our readers. Here it is: Twins lefty Franciso Liriano is an intriguing potential trade candidate. It feels like he’s been around forever, but he’s just 27 and under team control through 2012, so he’s still well within his prime years and relatively cheap for another season and a half. Liriano’s raw stuff is nasty, but the road back from Tommy John surgery in 2006 has been marked by notable highs and lows. He appeared to be fully recovered in 2010, posting a 3.62 Continue reading How far would you go for Liriano?

CC and Pitch F/X

CC Sabathia was just insane last night. There is no other term for how CC pitched except for maybe “Beast Mode.” He went seven innings gave up no runs on five hits and two walks while striking out eleven Indian hitters, becoming the first Yankee pitcher since Roger Clemens in 2002 to strikeout ten or more batters in back to back games. So what did CC do last night that made him so successful? The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind. Sabathia tallied 24 21 swings and misses last night, seven of which came on his fastball, which Continue reading CC and Pitch F/X

Could Way-Rod be a Yankee?

With Mets owner Fred Wilpon selling stakes in his team in order to finance his legal defense and Dodgers owner Frank McCourt bouncing payroll checks, its easy to overlook the situation in Houston…unless you’re an Astros fan.

The Astros were riding high as recently as 2005, when they made their first trip to the World Series.  From ‘97 to ‘05, Houston went to the playoffs six times.  They finished under .500 only once in a stretch of 15 seasons during the “Killer Bees” era.  Many believed they had Drayton McLane to thank for making the ‘Stros into a perennial contender.  However, McLane’s investment in the franchise has waned in the wake of the Great Recession.  The Astros payroll hit an eight-year low in 2011 and the team has spiraled into last place, with the worst record in all of baseball.  At the end of May, McLane announced he had a deal in place to sell the team to Jim Crane for $680 Million (more than five times what he bought it for in ‘93).  However, because the Dodgers debacle has monopolized the attention of Bud Selig and his faithful legions of lawyers and bean-counters, the approval of the Astros sale has been delayed until at least the middle of this month.

The Astros have every reason to be active sellers at the trade deadline, but Ed Wade’s hands may be tied due to the ambiguous ownership situation.  That would be a shame, considering the Astros are in the position to shop the best starting pitcher on the trade market this season.  In recent years the player occupying that position – Cliff Lee (twice), C. C. Sabathia, etc. – has usually netted a return of at least one and often two premium prospects.

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“It is hard to enjoy when there is a lot of negativity out there.”

This is Derek Jeter talking about his quest for his 3,000th career hit:

“I really haven’t been talking about [3,000] a lot,” Jeter said. “I have been talking about other things. . . . It is hard to enjoy when there is a lot of negativity out there.”

I don’t know whether to say “cry me a river” or “I told you so.”

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CC demoralizes the Indians, while the offense takes care of the rest; Yankees win 9-2

It seemed unlikely the Yankees would lose three consecutive games with any of their pitchers toeing the mound on Tuesday, but it was least likely with CC Sabathia on the mound. CC demonstrated the he remains firmly in beast mode with a dominating performance against the Indians. CC lasted seven innings on 100 pitches, giving up five hits, no runs, only two walks and striking out eleven, his second consecutive start with more than ten strike outs. To call CC’s stuff dominating would be an understatement. This was as strong a start as he’s given the Yankees this season. If the Bombers Continue reading CC demoralizes the Indians, while the offense takes care of the rest; Yankees win 9-2

Game 84: Yankees 9, Indians 2

CC Sabathia stepped onto a familiar mound and dominated his former club Tuesday night as the Yankees looked to start a new winning streak after dropping their last two contests.  The Bombers hit Cleveland hard and despite a small run in the ninth, the Indians never had a chance as New York took a 9-2 win.

Nick Swisher got the Yankees’ bats going in the second with a single to center.  Jorge Posada and Brett Gardner worked back-to-back walks off Cleveland hurler Carlos Carrasco, loading the bases.  Francisco Cervelli hit into a force out, allowing Swisher to score, while Gardner was called out at second.  Derek Jeter followed with his second hit of the game, knocking a double to the wall in center and plating two more runs.  Curtis Granderson then nailed a homerun over the wall in right and the Bombers had a quick 5-0 lead.

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The Farm Report 7/5/11 – Ouch

Triple-A Scranton lost to Lehigh Valley 5-2
Jesus Montero did not play. Greg Golson and Luis Nunez provided the offensive sparks for the Yankees here, Nunez 3-for-4 with a double and Golson 3-for-5 with a triple. Doug Bernier, Brandon Laird, Gustavo Molina, and Jordan Parraz all had a hit, with Laird homering and Molina doubling. Brian Gordon gave up four hits, no walks, and struck out seven over five scoreless innings, Josh Schmidt gave up two runs (one earned) over two three-hit, one-walk innings with a strikeout, and Randy Flores gave up four hits, three runs, a walk, and struck out one over two innings. Continue reading The Farm Report 7/5/11 – Ouch

The Beast

C.C. Sabathia does not get enough appreciation. That seems weird to say about the guy who, just two offseasons ago, signed the largest contract ever for a pitcher and who, over the past two season, has been the ace pitcher for a World Series champion and another team that was two wins away from the American League championship, but it’s true. Whether it’s because he goes about his business rather quietly or simply because we’ve grown accustomed to watching the big man work his magic. C.C. does not get enough appreciation from Yankee fans. So let’s take a moment to appreciate the man I affectionately refer to simply as “The Beast.”

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