If the A's were really smart, they'd start Chad Gaudin tonight

It occurred to me that the last time the Yankees were in Oakland they kicked their series off against old friend Brett Tomko, who was none too happy about being DFA’d by the team a month earlier.

I remember cackling with glee at the thought of the Yankees getting to tee off on Tomko the starter, who had been horrendously ineffective as a Yankee reliever. And of course, Tomko rewarded my enthusiasm by throwing five scoreless innings en route to a 3-0 Oakland shutout.

So far Oakland has only used Gaudin out of the bullpen, and I haven’t read any stories of discontent on his part since being cut loose from New York, but given what happened for Oakland the last time the A’s trotted out an ex-Yankee to start a game against his former team while carrying a huge chip on his shoulder, I’d be interested to see what Gaudin does against the Yanks.… Click here to read the rest

"Carrying" a limp bat

I’m not looking for an all-star at every position, but I believe that, as a fan of the team with more resources than anyone else in baseball, it is fair to critique the areas that could use improvement. I know Melky’s our #9 hitter, etc., but that’s a dangerous line of thinking — just because he’s our number nine hitter we can afford to carry his bat? Maybe in the National League, but given how competitive and cutthroat the AL is, teams should always be looking to get as much offense out of every slot in the lineup as possible.

Look at what happened last night. The guys that are “supposed” to get the job done — the top of the lineup — didn’t plate any runs, and therefore couldn’t carry the weaker part of the lineup. Having a strong 1 through 9 helps ensure against nights like last night where the offense inexplicably gets shut down by the likes of Brett Tomko.… Click here to read the rest

Always trust your instincts

After the Yankees went feebly down in order in the top of the 6th, the outcome of the game seemed predetermined, and nothing aggravates me more than staying up until 1am only to see the team lose on the west coast, so I decided to cut my losses and hit the sack. After waking a few hours later to go the bathroom, a quick check of the final score on my Blackberry proved that I made the right decision.

I know the team has a 7-game lead in the division and all, but really, they can’t score any runs off Brett “Wilson Betemit” Tomko? Now obviously they can’t win every game, and if they’re going to have a lousy stretch of baseball, better to get it over with in August than during the first week of October, but I’d love to see them deliver a knockout punch to the Sox after this weekend, so the team can start thinking about resting the regulars for the playoffs.… Click here to read the rest

Thoughts of a 10.5-game lead are causing pain in my salivary glands

I have to say I’m pretty disappointed the Yanks weren’t able to sweep this past weekend. I know we’ve been playing spectacularly well, and we were due for a letdown at some point, but the greedy Yankee fan in me wants them to win every single game, especially when playing a team as pathetic as the Mariners. Seattle looked dead to me all weekend; it’s pretty embarrassing that we gave 10 runs up to such a putrid offense.

The Yanks need to take care of business against the sorry-ass A’s and fly into Boston on a tidy 3-game winning streak. It’s unreal that they face Brett Tomko tonight — if he’s still pitching after the 2nd inning, something has gone horribly wrong. If we play our cards right, we could have a 10.5-game lead at the end of the weekend!… Click here to read the rest

Tomko Upset At Yankees

From Pete Abraham:

He went out firing, saying he would not return to the Yankees even if he cleared waivers and was offered a spot with Triple-A Scranton.

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“I don’t think I got a fair shot,” he said. “I pitched great in spring training and didn’t make the team. I pitched great in the minors, got called up and didn’t get much of a chance. I understand other guys are pitching great. But it could have been different. I can’t see the point in coming back.”

Brett Tomko has been around a long time, and at no point has he been anything better than middling, while he has often been awful. Yet he has made 20 million dollars in his career, and the Yankees gave him a shot to earn some more money despite his ERA exceeding 5.50 in each of the last two seasons. He pulled down a paycheck to throw 20 below average innings for the Yankees, and is now mouthing off about not getting a chance.… Click here to read the rest

Tomko Gone For Mitre, Melancon Stays

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According to Peter Abraham, the Yankees have DFA’d Brett Tomko to get starter Sergio Mitre on the roster. This shows some confidence in Mark Melancon, which suggests that the Yankees feel that he will be able to give them some solid innings out of the back of the pen for the next few weeks, as well as some length in blowouts. Being that he was throwing multiple inning outings in the minors, this should not be an issue for him. It also means that Mitre may stick as the long man when Chien-Ming Wang returns, while Damaso Marte would likely take Melancon’s place. This is a smart move from a team that has shown a similar willingness to depend on younger players all year.

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Yankees Walk Off Again As Damon Homers In 10th

I’m too amped up to put my thoughts down in a rational manner right now, so I’m going to bullet point it again.

  • A.J. was pretty awesome until the 7th, as he shut the Twins out for 6 innings and matched zeroes with Kevin Slowey. In the 7th, he allowed a two out RBI to Matt Tolbert that was made possible by a walk to Nick Punto. He then walked the next two hitters and threw in a wild pitch and a passed ball by Kevin Cash, and suddenly another run was in and the bases were juiced. Albaladejo came in to strike out Kubel to end the threat. All in all it was a very strong performance from Burnett, and the Yankees could really benefit from seeing him settle in and pitch the way his talent suggests he should be able to pitch.
  • Can we not find anybody better than Kevin Cash? I know that he is the 4th string catcher, but I have to assume that Chris Stewart is better than what we have seen thus far from Kevin.
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