Dodgers Want Sabathia/Teixeira, Montgomery, Ichiro And Japanese Commericals

Here are a few links as we wait for the 7:05 PM start, Ricky Romero v. Phil Hughes.

  • Matt Keegan at Pinstripe Alley believes Mark Montgomery might be the answer to the recent bullpen woes. The relief pitcher has only spent 21.0 IP in Double-A, and the chances of a call up are extremely slim, but I agree with the sentiment. Scouts have called his slider major league ready since last season, and his fastball has vastly improved command-wise, so I believe the jump from Trenton to the Bronx would be easier than for most prospects.
Click here to read the rest

Tuesday Afternoon Ruminating: T-Minus 34 Games

Today is Tuesday August 28, 2012 and the New York Yankees have 34 games left in the regular season.

With all but six of those games being against their American League East foes, it would seem the Yankees’ destiny is in their own hands and that same destiny can be altered by teams who would be more than thrilled to send them home.

One of those teams who would love to be a spoiler are the Toronto Blue Jays, the team the Yanks are currently playing.

Last night’s loss to the Jays was disappointing for multiple reasons: It looked like it was going to be a guaranteed victory until Colby Rasmus blasted a bad slider thrown by Rafael Soriano into the seats for a three-run dinger in the top of the ninth and the Yankees lost Mark Teixeira to injury.

Today, Phil Hughes will be facing off against Ricky Romero. Hughes, who had a bad outing the last time he faced Toronto – he gave up seven earned runs in only four innings – looks to rebound and help the Yankees stay above .500 against Toronto this season.… Click here to read the rest

Soriano blows off reporters, life goes on

On the other hand, Soriano compounded matters somewhat by ducking out of the clubhouse without talking to reporters, which will cause fire and brimstone to be rained down upon you even if you’re Albert Pujols. It’s the second time Soriano has done that in his tenure with the Yankees, and predictably enough the reaction has not been kind. It’s also been predictably silly, as demonstrated by this attempted indictment of Soriano by John Harper of the Daily News. Some choice nuggets:

The problem for Rafael Soriano is that no matter how superbly he has handled his current job, he’s not Mariano Rivera.

No, Rafael Soriano is not Mariano Rivera. I suppose there’s no arguing with that fact. This, however, isn’t really a problem for Soriano, in so much as no one is Mariano Rivera. I feel like I make this point every time we get these “how will the Yankees live after Mo?” bits, but if you take the premise that Rivera is the greatest closer of all-time seriously, it necessarily follows that every other relief pitcher is inferior to him.… Click here to read the rest

David Robertson Looking Like Mariano Rivera

Everyone misses Mariano Rivera, except for maybe Rafael Soriano, but I swear I saw him pitching the other night. Yes, it’s almost blasphemy in Yankee land to compare anyone to the great Rivera, but David Robertson has come closer than anyone I’ve seen. The Sandman loves playing baseball, he lives for his team, and he doesn’t shy away from teaching his incredible cutter to his teammates. Go back to spring training, and David Robertson was still learning how to throw the pitch consistently.

“On a good day, every once in a while, I’ll throw one like Mariano’s,” Robertson said. “Think about it, one pitch, they know it’s coming, and still no one hits it. I’ll never be able to get by like that. Closers today have two pitches, sometimes three. Not one. No one does that.”

This was after a 2011 season where PITCHf/x had him throwing 27% cutters in his repertoire. The number of cutters has only increased, and in the month of August, Robertson is now throwing the pitch 67% of the time.… Click here to read the rest