Possible Cashman replacements

Just typing the words of that title made me squirm a little bit. All things equal, I want Brian Cashman back as the General Manager of the New York Yankees. He’s a shrewd trade maker (see the Bobby Abreu and Nick Swisher deals) and he’s been good at finding useful parts on the cheap (see: the Yankee bullpens of the last few years; Marcus Thames, Andruw Jones, and Bartolo Colon) and has shown a willingness to hold on to the organization’s top prospects, even this past season when he could’ve gutted the system and simply skipped town.

Of course, this decision is not just up to me. It’s up to Hal Steinbrenner (who would probably like to have Cash back as well) and his crew, as well as Cashman himself. If one party–or both–decides it’s time to walk away, there are some replacement candidates out there. Fellow A.L. East GMs Theo Epstein and Andrew Friedman are both going to be available, and Dodger GM Ned Colletti could be out there.… Click here to read the rest

Victory is spelled C-E-R-V-E-L-L-I; Yanks beat Sox 5-2

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As we’ve been hearing for weeks on end, the Yankees have been unusually horrible against the Red Sox all season long. Tonight though, they managed to prevail, 5-2. It’s certainly a much-needed win with the uncertainty that follows CC Sabathia in the rotation – Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett are slated to pitch Wednesday and Thursday. Sabathia pitched well though and the Yankees got some unlikely help on offense as they locked down the first game of the series.

In the top of the 2nd, Eric Chavez singled up the middle driving home Robinson Cano to put the Yankees on the board, 1-0. Sabathia went with the bend but not break approach, ultimately throwing 69 pitches across the first 3 innings. In the 4th, Cano doubled in Granderson and then scored again when Eric Chavez singled, making it 3-0 Yankees. The Red Sox came right back.… Click here to read the rest

Game 133: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2

Curtis Granderson started the fourth inning with a walk, scoring on a double from Cano.  Swisher worked a walk and Chavez knocked another single up the middle, bringing Cano home and giving the Bombers a 3-0 edge.

CC threw a lot of pitches, but managed to keep the Red Sox scoreless through the first three innings.  Carl Crawford connected with a solo homer to right in the bottom of the fourth.  Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Darnell McDonald hit back-to-back singles and Marco Scutaro doubled, plating Saltalamacchia.  Sabathia came back and struck out Adrian Gonzalez to end the inning, but the Yankees’ lead was cut, as the score was 3-2.

Francisco Cervelli started the top of the fifth with a solo homer, giving the Yankees a little bit of breathing room.  Lackey got him back in the top of the seventh, plunking him with a pitch to start the inning.  Cervelli, understandably, did not take kindly to this and had some words for the Boston starter. … Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report, 08/30/11

Double-A Trenton lost to New Hampshire, 3-2
New Hampshire scored three by the third inning, and held on despite Trenton scoring two in the fifth on a Melky Mesa double and Ramiro Pena RBI single. Pena played five innings in the field and was 1-for-3 overall. Corban Joseph was 2-for-4 and doubled. Graham Stoneburner gave up five hits, three runs, three walks, and struck out six in six innings.

Low-A Charleston lost to Savannah, 11-8
Charleston scored two in the second on a Taylor Grote double, but Savannah tied it with two in the fourth and then took control of the game with seven in the fifth (!!!). Charleston actually scored five in the seventh, but Savannah held on. Shane Brown was 3-for-5 with a double, and many others contributed offensively, but obviously, the pitching stunk. Shane Greene gave up eight runs, seven earned, over just 3.2 innings, with three hits, five walks, two hit batters, and six strikeouts. Control, kid.… Click here to read the rest

TYA and MasterCard Yankee Ticket Giveaway! Win FREE Yankee tickets!

TYA is incredibly pleased to once again have the opportunity to give away a very limited number of FREE Yankee tickets to two Yankee games next week against the Orioles! The lucky winners will have the opportunity to sit in the MasterCard Batter’s Eye Section in center field, recently immortalized in MasterCard’s excellent new Priceless New York ad campaign in which a Yankee fan walks all around New York giving Yankee tickets away to fellow fans. Did we mention they are FREE?

Here’s the deal. All you have to do is leave a comment in the comments section of this post letting us know which game you’re interested in attending along with an e-mail address we can contact you at. Please spell your e-mail address out so you don’t inadvertently get spammed. For example, if you were writing the e-mail address of this blog, it would be yankeeanalysts at gmail dot com.

We’ll pick the winners at random.… Click here to read the rest

Game Thread 8/30: Back to Fenway

Sorry for the late thread, I guess everyone’s a little busy tonight (myself included).  Here are the lineups courtesy of Lohud.  Looks like a matchup of reverse locks: CC vs. the Red Sox and John Lackey vs. anybody.  Go get ’em fellas.

 

YANKEES (80-52)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Francisco Cervelli C

LHP CC Sabathia (17-7, 2.99)

RED SOX (81-51)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Marco Scutaro SS
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Jed Lowrie 3B
Carl Crawford LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Darnell McDonald RF

RHP John Lackey (12-9, 5.98)… Click here to read the rest

Thinking About Noesi's Future

Hector Noesi has had a very solid first season in Pinstripes, working out of the bullpen to the tune of a 3.42 ERA and 3.60 FIP in 47.1 innings. He has actually been more impressive than those numbers reflect, as he had two terrible outings that skew his numbers drastically. In his other 22 appearances, Noesi has put up a stellar line of 39 H, 9ER, 35 K’s, 12 BB, 3HR, and a 1.82 ERA/3.09 FIP in 44.2 innings. His stuff has looked quite impressive, with two fastballs (4-seamer and 2-seamer) showing good life at 92-95 MPH, a slider that gets plenty of swinging strikes (26.5% whiff rate), and a curve and changeup that he mixes is on occasion to keep batters guessing. While he was sent down yesterday, he will be back with the club shortly, and has a good chance to win a spot on the postseason roster.

That sums up Noesi’s recent past and his present. The interesting angle when it comes to Hector is his future, which Joe Pawlikowski at RAB touched on recently:

His presence should leave the Yankees in a flexible position this winter.

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