Is Craig Kimbrel the Answer to the Pitching Questions?

Yesterday was certainly a less than ideal day for the Yankees with their biggest competitor in the division getting an ace pitcher, the Yankees losing one of their best ones and losing a tough game on a walk-off hit. The Blue Jays are certainly a threat to the Yankees in the division with the additions of David Price and Troy Tulowitzki. However, with the six game lead the Yankees have in the AL East if they can take care of their own business it doesn’t matter who Toronto picks up. People are forgetting that the Blue Jays running down the Yankees would not just mean the Blue Jays getting hot, but the Yankees cooling off considerably as well. Both have to happen.

Michael Pineda‘s forearm injury turned the starting pitching need into an even greater one. If Pineda starts throwing in 7-10 days like he says he is supposed to then a month seems about reasonable for his return.…

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A Friday Morning Rant: More Like CC Sucksbadia, Am I Right?

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[Writer’s note: I was a little angry after last night’s loss.]

I know he’s been a big part of some great moments for us as Yankee fans, but I’m really sick and tired of watching CC Sabathia start for the Yankees.

His starts are painful to sit through and it’s not fun going into the games having thoughts like, “Which inning will be the bad one?” “How many home runs will CC give up?” “When the hell will the Yankees stop running him out there?”

No, seriously, when the hell will the Yankees stop running him out there?

This is starting to feel like 2000 David Cone (no offense, Coney) and how even though he was having major issues, Joe Torre kept him in rotation. Cone finished that year with a 4-14 record and 6.91 ERA in 29 starts. And while CC isn’t quite at that level yet, he’ll be there soon (current run environments put Cone at a 70 ERA+ and Sabathia at a 71 ERA+), and the Yankees need to do something about him.…

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Quick hit: Yankees trade for Dustin Ackley

The Yankees made a move late this afternoon!

Here comes the Championship, you guys!

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UPDATE: Pineda to the 15-day DL

Once again, Bryan Mitchell will be used as a long-relief man if needed.

Pineda will probably be out 4-6 weeks.

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Quick hit: Pineda scratched with tightness in his forearm

Well, this isn’t good…

Couple this injury news with the news of the Blue Jays landing David Price in a trade and you’ve got a lot of worried Yankee fans right now.

UPDATE: Per Mark Feinsand on TwitterCC was originally named to be starter for tonight in Pineda’s place but now it looks to be Bryan Mitchell. There has been a change to this update – CC is starting on regular rest, Mitchell will be long relief if needed.

ANOTHER UPDATE (2:27 P.M.)

That’s better than something completely catastrophic…

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Flashback: July 30 and 31, 2005

10 years ago this week (July 29 – July 31, 2005) the Yankees were playing a three-game series against the Angels. It was a weekend series and the Yankees dropped the first game 4-1. At that time, the Angels were a thorn in the Yankees’ side. It seemed like the Yankees could never beat them, and after the result of the first game of the series, it looked like it would be more of the same.

Saturday afternoon’s game featured a matchup between Paul Byrd and Shawn Chacon. Now, I don’t remember the broadcast word for word, but I’m pretty sure Michael Kay probably mentioned that Byrd resembles Kelsey Grammer at least 15 times. He always did in those days.

The Yankees struck first with two runs in the bottom of the second thanks to a two-run single by Derek Jeter. But the Angels being the Angels of the mid-aughts came back and not only did they tie the Yankees, but they went ahead 7-3 in the top of the eighth inning.…

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Why the Perenially Sad-Sack Rockies Won the Tulo Trade

As the trade deadline approaches, if you’re not happy with Cashman’s performance, here’s your daily optimism: it could be worse – a lot worse. Trust me: I’m not just a Yankees fan; I’m also a Rockies fan. As Matt noted, the Rockies are deservedly seen as a “clown shoes organization”; the long list of low points span this year’s decision to bring a homer-prone 80 ERA+ starter to Coors Field (predictably yielding 2 HR/9 and a 6.33 ERA), to former General Manager Dan O’Dowd declaring during a 76-86 season, “You look at some of the games we’re winning. Those aren’t just a coincidence. God has definitely had a hand in this.” I’ll pass on O’Dowd’s theology in favor of Einstein’s view, “God does not play dice,” because I don’t think God plays baseball either – but if I did believe in a baseball-game-influencing God, and I had responsibility for the Rockies’ record of failure like O’Dowd, I’d be displeased, not self-satisfied, at the thought, “God has definitely had a hand in this.”

But with O’Dowd getting all-too-belatedly booted this past year, we in Rockiesland are hopeful that new thirtysomething GM Jeff Bridich is a different breed.…

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Happy Anniversary, David Cone!

20 years ago today, good friend of the blog, David Cone was traded to the Yankees from the Toronto Blue Jays.

From the New York Times 7/29/95:

It was a day of blockbuster deals for New York’s baseball teams yesterday as the Yankees braced for a pennant race and the Mets prepared for the future. The Yankees acquired last season’s American League Cy Young Award winner, David Cone, from Toronto for three minor league pitchers, then sent the disgruntled slugger Danny Tartabull to Oakland for Ruben Sierra. The Mets traded Bobby Bonilla* to Baltimore for Alex Ochoa, a talented outfield prospect.

 

The impetus for the trades is twofold: The Yankees and Orioles are girding for the A.L. East race. The Mets and Jays are trying to shed salaries and build for the future.

From ESPN’s Page 2 where the trade was ranked the 10th worst deadline trade ever in baseball (up to that point)…for the Blue Jays:

10.

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Happy 40th Birthday, A-Rod!

A mere two days before the big 4-0, Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs in a game for the first time since August 2010.

And all of them were monster shots with the “shortest one” measuring 424 feet.

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While the first one, off starter Tommy Milone, came off an 88 m.p.h. cutter and traveled the furthest, it was the game-tying shot in the ninth that was really impressive because it came against closer Glen Perkins who threw Alex a 94 m.p.h. fastball that was quickly deposited to dead centerfield.

Right now, at age 40, Rodriguez is batting .277/.375/.539/.914 with 23 home runs and 58 RBI.

His spray chart:
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No one saw this performance coming. Alex included. But it has been great to watch.

Now, I know this will probably shock most of you, but I was having a tough time coming up with something to write about today. I knew, I wanted to write about Alex turning 40 but the words were not coming to me so instead, here are some of my favorite Alex Rodriguez highlights.…

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