Robertson’s Troubles More Than Just Regression

The regression hammer was bound to hit for David Robertson, who was riding high on a 0.00 ERA through his first month of 2012. I made the not-so-convincing case of trading Robertson back then, under the assumption that his numbers were very close to running out of luck, and his arm...

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The Phillies demands for Cole Hamels are…cute

As is usually the case when Amaro and personnel moves are being discussed in the same breath, all I can do is offer an amused chuckle at the thought of asking for “four or five” prospects with multiple Grade-A youngsters included in return for Hamels right now. I’m generally much better at guessing at free agent costs than I am at speculating on the trade market, but even I can see that that would be way out of line with what players like Hamels usually bring. By way of comparison, the most recent large prospect package that was traded away (off the top of my head) was the group of four players that Cincinnati sent to San Diego in exchange for Mat Latos. That group included two top 100 prospects in Yasmani Grandal and Yonder Alonso, as well as bullpen prospect Brad Boxberger and Petco prayer Edinson Volquez. In other words: nowhere near the Phillies’ supposed asking price.…

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Waiting For “The Kick” To Come From The Horse

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Maybe I just didn’t pay close enough attention to the big declines in his overall power numbers the past couple reasons.  Maybe I saw what Kobe Bryant’s offseason PRP therapy did for him this year and got overly optimistic.  Maybe I’m...

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Bullpen blows it in seventh. Rays beat Yanks, 4-3

The Yankees could not have been happier at Freddy Garcia’s outing. He pitched five and a third innings and gave up five hits and no walks while striking out four. B.J. Upton took Garcia deep in the third and Carlos Pena took Garcia deep for a solo homer to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Pena’s solo drive tied the game at two. Cody Eppley relieved Garcia to keep the score tied, 2-2, heading into the top of the seventh.

The Yankees scored their two runs in the first inning. Derek Jeter led off the game with a line drive double to the gap in right-center. After Curtis Granderson struck out, the Yankees caught a break at the expense of an old friend. The Rays were greatly shifted around to the left against a right-handed hitting Mark Teixeira. Teixeira caught one weakly and sent it toward the right field line. Hideki Matsui, greatly misplaced by playing right field, charged over toward the ball but overran it and never touched it.…

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The Farm Report: 7/2/12

Trenton beat Portland 12-4 in Game 1:
Melky Mesa doubled in the second and Luke Murton drew a walk.  Jose Gil doubled them both in and the Thunder had a 2-0 lead.  Jose Pirela drove a double to left in the third, scoring on a single from Addison Maruszak.  David Adams singled and Zoilo Almonte loaded the bases with a walk.  Mesa lined a single to center and Murton hit into a double play that brought Adams home.  Damon Sublett reached on an error by the Sea Dogs’ first baseman, plating Mesa for a 6-0 Thunder advantage.  Portland split the lead in half in the fourth, but the Thunder got the three runs back in the top of the fifth.  Zoilo homered to start the inning and Mesa singled to left.  Murton hit the second homer of the inning and Trenton led 9-3.  Portland added another run in the sixth, but the Thunder added some more insurance in the seventh.  Mesa and Murton hit back-to-back doubles.  …

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