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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