A’s walk-off in extras, sweep Yankees

The A's celebrate again.

I just invested four hours of my Sunday watching the Yankees stop scoring runs after the fourth inning so I’ll keep this one quick. Bartolo Colon gave the A’s six and two-thirds innings of four run ball, which was good enough to keep the team in the game. At one point it looked like the Yankees were going to cruise, but CC Sabathia wound up giving up two runs in the fifth on two solo shots and another run in the sixth, making it a 4-3 ball game.

Seven innings of three run ball from the big guy was good, not great, but it set the Yankees up nicely for the win. David Robertson was his usual self in the eighth, striking out two but letting a runner get to second. That left a one run save in the hands of Rafael Soriano. Soriano has been just about automatic this season, making it hard to complain about the rare blown save, but it happened all the same.… Click here to read the rest

Game Thread: Yankees at A’s, Sunday July 22

Even great teams drop a few in a row to bad teams, for no good reason. Despite this three game skid the Yankees still have a strangle hold on first place in the AL East. They still find themselves twenty games above five hundred. They still have the best record in baseball, even if the Rangers are hot on their heels. Put another way, once you look at the big picture it becomes clear that the Yankees could afford to drop a few. That said, let’s hope it ends today. CC Sabathia toes the rubber for the good guys in his second start off the DL. Former Yankee Bartolo Colon takes the mound for the Athletics. I’d say there’s a 50-50 chance the Yankees light Colon up, but a pitcher’s duel definitely remains in the cards.… Click here to read the rest

Game 46: Some Big Pitchers

The Yankees are sending out CC Sabathia to face off against the A’s and ex-Yankee Bartolo Colon. Between these two guys, I can only hope the mound holds up. The game starts at 4:05 PM EST on YES.

LHP CC Sabathia v. RHP Bartolo Colon
Yankees Athletics
Derek Jeter SS Jemile Weeks 2B
Curtis Granderson CF Coco Crisp CF
Alex Rodriguez DH Josh Reddick RF
Robinson Cano 2B Jonny Gomes DH
Mark Teixeira 1B Josh Donaldson 3B
Raul Ibanez LF Kurt Suzuki C
Nick Swisher RF Cliff Pennington SS
Eric Chavez 3B Adam Rosales 1B
Chris Stewart C Collin Cowgill LF
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Catching Up With Some Ex-Yankees (Part 2)

Last time we looked at the recent ex-Yankees was already 3 weeks ago, Spring Training is flying by.

  • Jesus Montero– The former Yankee top prospect, and now Mariner top prospect is 11 for 36 in March, with 2 homeruns and 3 doubles. That’s good for a triple slash of .306/.366/.556. The 22 year old and Felix Hernandez appear to be developing a good pitcher/catcher relationship, as well as a friendship for the two Venezuelans from Carabobo. Hernandez pitching to Montero was certainly a dream for us Yankee fans, unfortunately its happening in a different uniform. Also, apparently Montero can catch… fish.
  • Hector Noesi– The other part of the Michael Pineda trade’s latest spring training outing came on March 13th. Due to the amount of innings he threw in Winter Ball, the Mariners were careful with the righty. In his game against the Brewers he went 3.0 innings, gave up 3 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run. Noesi did get a start on Sunday in Japan though.
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Catching Up With Some Ex-Yankees

We’re only a few days into spring training games and there is already news and stats to catch up on our once beloved Yankees.

  • Jesus Montero– His debut with the Mariners started with a bang and boo-boo. The catcher hit a homerun in his first game, but also took two foul ball ricochets during an at bat and had to leave the game. After missing a game, Montero returned to the field on Sunday where he went 1 for 3 with a double. So far he has his two extra base hits in his first six plate appearances. MLB Network caught up to Montero at camp where they talked about his transition and Felix Hernandez.
  • Hector Noesi– The righty started for the Mariners on Saturday. In his two innings, Noesi gave up two walks, two strikeouts, and went hitless. Apparently that improved velocity is for real, and Noesi looked impressive in his debut with the Mariners.
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The Case for Colon

Cautious. Frugal. Patient. Prudent. There are plenty of adjectives one might use to describe the Yankees strategy this off-season but each inevitably leads to the same conclusion: Brian Cashman is taking the 75 million dollars the Angels gave to CJ Wilson, and the 100 plus million dollars the Rangers will probably plop down for Yu Darvish, and the 50 plus million dollars the Marlins spent on Mark Buerhle and he’s putting that money, and his faith and job security, and all his eggs in one very distinct basket. He’s betting on the 2012 edition of 2011 Yankees. He’s betting a slightly augmented version of the 97-game-winner is capable of capturing the AL East this season. He’s betting that, in the long run, passing on mediocre or otherwise overvalued talent in favor of payroll flexibility will pay off.

In short, he’s getting the gang back together. CC Sabathia signed a contract extension days before an opt-out clause in his contract could have made him a free agent.… Click here to read the rest

Commenting On Davidoff’s Choices

Yesterday, Ken Davidoff of Newsday floated out six options the Yankees could employ to improve the rotation. Let’s take a look and make some comments.

His first option was trading for Felix Hernandez. He knows it’s not going to happen. We know it’s not going to happen. Let’s just move on.

Door number two is a trade for Matt Garza centered around Manny Banuelos or Dellin Betances. This is definitely more likely, but may not be cheap or easy…and I’m okay with that. I’m much more bearish on Garza than most seem to be, though, so take that with a grain of salt.

Next, he throws out the money suggestion (a 4/$48M contract for Edwin Jackson), but quickly dismisses it. I don’t dislike Jackson as much as some do, but I wouldn’t give him four years. If he can be had for 3 years at 10-12 million a year, sure go for it. The odds of that happening?… Click here to read the rest

All Bartolo Colon wants for Christmas …

You'd be upset too if you performed well but lost your job anyway.

Slowly but surely much of the Yankee fan base and blogosphere is realizing that the Yankees will probably not make a splashy move this offseason, something I’d believed was likely for some time now. The reasons for this are both clear and sound. The Yankees really only need starting pitching. C.J. Wilson and Yu Darvish were the best pitchers available and they are not guaranteed to succeed over the course of a five year contract. Given the Yankees’ considerable financial commitments already on the field any additional contracts need to be well reasoned. Failing that, it makes a lot of sense for the Bombers to bide their time.

But that doesn’t mean the Yankees can’t continue to add high upside, low cost veterans as they have over the past few seasons with considerable success. Freddy Garcia has benefited from this already. As we all know the Yankees signed Garcia to a one year deal last year and he gave the Bombers 145.2 innings of 3.58/4.12/4.34 ERA/FIP/xFIP baseball.… Click here to read the rest

To the scrap heap!

A big part of the success of the 2011 Yankees is due to Brian Cashman, Billy Eppler, and the rest of the organization finding the proverbial diamonds in the rough to fill roster holes. To borrow from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the Yankees took a trip to the Island of Misfit Toys and came back with all the right pieces. They took fliers on pitchers like Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, Luis Ayala, and Cory Wade and each one of them worked out. They also turned the Dodgers’ trash (Russell Martin) into Bronx treasure behind the plate.

While we obviously have to give credit to the organization for landing these guys, we should also acknowledge that a large part of the success of these moves is due to luck. We probably shouldn’t be counting on most of these guys to perform so well again. I’d say Russell Martin has the best chance to repeat his success, but that’s because hitters are a bit more predictable than pitchers.… Click here to read the rest