Jul
13

Game 95: What do Brett Gardner and Clay Buchholz have in common?

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They both steal every chance they get! I couldn’t resist.

Last year at the break, the Yanks were 43-43, 9.5 GB of the division lead and 8 back of the Wildcard. This year heading into the break, they’ll be no worse than 50-45, 6.5 GB in the division and 6 back for the Wildcard. The season is a long ways from over folks.

1. Jeter, SS
2. Abreu, RF
3. A-Rod, 3B
4. Giambi, DH
5. Posada, C
6. Cano, 2B
7. Melky, CF
8. Betemit, 1B
9. Gardner, CF

On the mound, the undisputed staff ace, Andy Pettitte.

Note: The rotation after the break wil be Moose, Joba, Pettitte, Ponson Rasner … the team will wear black arm bands the rest of the season in memory of Bobby Murcer … the Futures Game is on ESPN2 right now, so grab a grab a glimpse of Jesus Montero

Categories : Game Threads
  • Ivan

    My first time watching the futures game was when Phil Hughes and Jose Tabata was in it and overall I really enjoy the game for the last couple years. How about you Mike A.?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      The first year I watched was … 2003? Whatever year Grady Sizemore homered and Rich Harden started for the World Team. Yeah, had to be 2003.

      It’s always exciting, although the World Roster looks rather skimpy this year.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I enjoy watching the pitchers, the hitters are always a little anxious and looking to get a hit rather than work the count.

        • Ivan

          The thing I like about the futures game, is that a good amoun of these guys do go on to have good careers.

      • Ivan

        yeah this isn’t one of the stronger world teams.

  • Dan W

    I’m a little surprised at how empty the stadium is for this game…

    Also, too bad Montero isn’t starting for the world team

  • monkeypants

    Ponson-Rasner-Moose in a row? That’s a lot of BP innings. I guess when you carry 3 five-inning starters, it’s hard to break them up.

    • Sal

      Yeah especially since Mussina has gone at least 6 innings in each start since his May 24th start.

      • monkeypants

        Moose has ben very good, but he is still seems to be limited to around 90 or 95 pitches, though he has topped out at 109. So, in effect he needs to be perfect to get through his 6+ innings. Maybe he can keep this up for the rest of the season, maybe not. I doubt it.

        In any case, all of the current Yankees starters except Pettitte are averaging under 6 innings/start, and that includes counting only Joba’s last six starts (when his pitch limit extended to 90+).

        So, my point still stands that it is hard to break up short starters when all of the starts go only 5 or 6 innings.

        But for sake of argument, let’s accept your (implied) position that Moose is now some type of reliable innings eater. Would it not make more sense to break up Ponson and Rasner?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Stupid “vacation”, I was supposed to be at the Futures Game today.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Trevor Cahill is straight nasty.

    • dan

      His delivery looks a lot like Jake Peavy’s

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        His pitches move just as much too.

  • Ivan

    Trever Cahil throws theball similar to Brandon Webb.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      That he does.

  • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com/ Bruno

    I vote JOBA for staff ace.

    Morneau over Giambi for HR Derby?!? BS!

  • Ivan

    Brian Cashman in the house.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Edgar Renteria’s line this season is .254 .301 .326 with an OPS+ of 69. Why is this horrible trade not talked about more? You can’t give me that hindsight stuff because I was one of many who thought it was a “Hmm, ok…” trade when it happened. Although Renteria had an OPS+ of 125 last year, his three previous seasons consisted of 88, 89, and 104. What made Dave Dombrowski think he was going to build on his stellar 2007 at age 32?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I thought it was a good deal at the time. I’m not a big Gorkys fan, and I didn’t think Jurrjens could be that good (moving to the NL certainly helped). Looking back at it though … oof.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        I wasn’t a a Jair Jurrjens fan myself but I am a sucker for the IFA guys so I did drink some of that Kool-Aid on Gorkys Hernandez. I’m not saying I was up in arms about the deal because this past off-season was when I actually started getting into the farm system aspect of baseball. However, I did raise an eyebrow at the deal and I guess I’m just a bit peeved that Brian Cashman gets all this flack about every single little thing but other GM’s can screw something up big time and nobody says a word.

        • A.D.

          I’d say the issue with the deal is Edgar has obv diminished range, they already had good hitting SS with no range in Carlos Guillen. They gave up a young pitcher who already had ML experience & a top hitter.

          Basically they got something they didn’t need, and probably going to get worse (Renteria’s first AL try didn’t work that well either) for 2 good prospects.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Matt LaPorta had a .582 OBP his last year of college.

    • Ivan

      To me this guy could be RHB Giambi.

  • Ivan

    Man I miss Bobby already. When I was a kid, when yankee games were shown on MSG and channel 11, I use to hear Murcer all the time. He was really cool man.

  • Joe

    Any way to follow along with the futures game on the computer? no cable

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.
      • Joe

        Thanks, I kept searching espn figuring their airing it, figured they would have their version of gameday

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        ESPN 360 has it too, but I think that depends on your cable provider.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Heh, I feel embarassed. Watching the Futures Game on T.V. and the Yankee game on MLB.TV.

      MiLB.com has a Gameday. It’s also on ESPN360.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Steve Phillips and Peter Gammons are tainting the Yankee Stadium broadcast booth.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      It’s funny, I am compelled to disagree with Steve Phillips on any and everything.

  • Ivan

    Man Fowler looks impressive and what a play at center as well. Who would you guys take Fowler or Jackson? ranked midseason 13 and 14.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      They are extremely similar players.

      Fowler = Chris Young (the hitter)
      Ajax = Mike Cameron (with the game changing D)

      Take your pick. Can’t go wrong.

      • Ivan

        A-Jax D is that good?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Oops, meant to say “without.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      I know Dexter Fowler has better speed but is that all he has on Austin Jackson? Is he more polished as well? Just going on what I know, I would take Fowler. So far has shown more patience and the speed factor.

  • George Kaplan

    great chuck by laporta

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    LoL, I’m just glancing at my laptop to keep tabs on the Yankee game. How many others are paying more attention to the Futures Game right now?

    • George Kaplan

      Guilty.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      There’s one Futures Game a year. There’s 162+ Yankee games a year.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Plus you know what? I’d rather watch a game at the Stadium than at that dump with fake grass any day of the week.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        That’s the obvious excuse but I’ve noticed that I am most interested in the farm systems than any other aspect of baseball.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Michael Bowden, the best pitcher in the Eastern League? Chris Tillman and Carlos Carrasco say hi.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Brett Cecil also wants a word.

    • Ivan

      It’s ESPN. NESN sister station.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Jess Todd has a disgusting slider.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    That Scott Rolen can play some defense, who knew? ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    How did Madison Bumgarner not make the team?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    No way, let Mo pitch the 9th. If you start him, all the excitement is gone, what’s the point to watch the rest of the game as a Yankee fan?

    Let him pitch the ninth, regardless of score. The anticipation will build all game, and as soon as the first note of Enter Sandman plays, the place will explode.

  • Ben C

    bobby abreu — great fielder, or greatest fielder?

    • Gary

      Each opportunity I get to watch my Yankees play a baseball game, I think the following: How did Bobby Abreu ever win a gold glove and who awarded it to him? Abreu treats every outfield wall as if it will explode if Bobby even approaches it. Every baseball nearing an outfield wall is treated as if it is a live hand grenade. He is not a poor outfielder but he is a significantly below average one.

  • E-ROC

    Sandoval is a BIG guy. Holy crap!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yes. He enjoys the postgame spread longer than the other players.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    These X Games commercials are annoying me.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Eddie Morlan, yet another piece of the Garza deal.

  • andrew

    i hate the xgames commercials with that idiot in the costume. and bobby has been terrible in the of this series

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    What happened to Russ Adams? Did the back and forth between Short Stop and Second Base really have that much of an effect?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He’s playing rightfield now, unless they moved him again since the start of the year. He just couldn’t hit.

  • E-ROC

    Looks like Pettitte doesn’t have his best stuff today.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    “I saw an ad in the newspaper, so I decided to pay baseball.”

    That was pretty amazing. And hilarious.

  • CB

    Of the 19 pitchers selected for the Futures game 11 are older than Phil Hughes.

    (if you don’t count Phillip Aumont who is still technically on the roster but not playing due to injury its 11 of 18 older than hughes).

    6 of the 9 US pitchers are older than Hughes. Now given how the team was selected for the U.S. Olympic team they’ve selected older players. Nonetheless – its remarkable that 2/3 of the U.S. pitchers are older than Hughes.

    And its not just the U.S. team – 5 of the 10 World pitchers are older than Hughes – and given how many sign at age 16 or 17 that’s even more remarkable.

    Puts some perspective on the notion of Hughes being a “bust.”

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah no kidding. Teh wicked awesome Michael Bowden is less than 2 months younger than Phil.

      • Ivan

        People forget that IPK and Joba are collegepitchers who areolder than Hughes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Well Andy Pettitte isn’t having any fun. Fucking Marco Scutaro.

  • A.D.

    Marco Scutaro…really?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Heh, you sound like Mariano Rivera.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona Beach

    Yankees really don’t have achance today. The Blue Jays have eight “gritty, gutty, scrappy gamers” on the field.

  • George Kaplan

    Pablo Sandoval is quite the porker.
    Also, his lefty stance reminds me of melky.
    As does his chubbiness.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I really hope Montero puts one in the seats. That would be pretty cool.

  • Ivan

    Is Montero in the game yet.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Not that I know of, but it should be soon. 5th inning already.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Will Inman’s delivery says “here comes 98,” and it comes out 88.

    • George Kaplan

      Haha so true. Comes in handy when that hammer comes out though.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    The potential US Olympic team is getting one hit by a bunch of teenagers from Latin America.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      And a New Zealander that decided to play baseball after seeing an ad in the paper.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I think Montero is catching now. Not sure though.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Nope, but Ramiro Pena is at short.

      • Joe

        I don’t get it, nobody who follows the Yankees system talks about Pena, but he’s in the futures game? I’m not discrediting him in any way, but it’s just odd to see him there. I guess I think of it like this. There was no one better?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          A player dropped out because of injury and they needed a last minute replacement. Pena was local and fit the bill (position, country, etc). The same thing happened a few years ago in Pittsburgh with Josh Sharpless.

          • Joe

            Oh, well good for him anyway.

  • E-ROC

    Julio Pimentel’s stats are unimpressive yet made the future’s game. He put some gas on that throw to first.

  • E-ROC

    Rollie Fingers ‘stache is bananas.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    IPK’s dealin’.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Arrieta’s got a damn good arm.

  • Handsome B. Wonderful

    3 Constants In Life:

    – Death
    – Taxes
    – A.J. Burnett, he of the 5.15 ERA, dominating the Yankees.

  • Handsome B. Wonderful

    3 MORE Constants In Life:

    – Death
    – Taxes
    – Kevin Millar hitting a homer in a series against the Yankees.

  • E-ROC

    Looks like AJ Burnett’s audition is going well.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Jesus Delgado was part of the Beckett deal.

  • daneptizl

    It looks like Montero is back there now.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      That he is. Seeing his name on the back confirmed it for me. ;)

  • Ivan

    It looks like Montero is in the game.

  • daneptizl

    I didn’t like that scale description.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Wes Hodges is a freak. He hurt his wrist one year and couldn’t hit righthanded for any power, so he decided to bat lefty that year for the first time in his life, and he hit .400.

    • E-ROC

      Has he decided to become a full-time switch hitter?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Nope, went right back to hitting righthanded after the wrist was okay.

  • E-ROC

    Pena accounting for himself really well with that throw to first.

  • daneptizl

    LOL at Benjie’s speed. Remember how he got mad at A-Rod for “showing him up”?

  • daneptizl

    Montero’s AB prediction: 2B to right center. BTW, how does Eckstein not have a 20 arm…

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Because he tries really really hard.

    • Ivan

      cause he’s gritty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    How the hell did Angel Villalona and his .405-SLG% make the World Team?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      There’s no other decent first basemen from outside the US.

    • Ivan

      People were picking over Montero.

  • daneptizl

    Now that I think about it…. even Cash got Montero’s age wrong. He said he was 19.

    • Ivan

      Well he will be 19 in november.

  • daneptizl

    Jesus is coming.

  • Ben C

    get the bat off your shoulder rook

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Great, now Gammons won’t shut up about Lin.

    • daneptizl

      That was a nice shot, though.

  • daneptizl

    :[

  • E-ROC

    A f*cking RedSox prospect would hit a HR. Thank u baseball gods. Now, I’ll have to hear about it on ESPN throughout the entire day and into tomorrow morning.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    He’s a bust.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Lin jacks a HR and Montero could not get the ball out of the infield, Bizzaro world much?

    • Joe

      Yeah, but was it a hard hit pop up foul out?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Is there such a thing?

  • Ivan

    Well that was a nice abat montero.

  • fresh

    what is with these red sox prospects i kno that they’re not all this good …and of course montero follows with a pop up

  • BigBlueAL

    What a shocker, a Red Sox player hits a homer at the Futures Game. On a side note Montero would fit right in with the Yankees already after that at-bat.

  • Newman

    Does no one care about the actual Yankee game today?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Why should we? The players seem to be mailing it in.

      • fresh

        thats an understatement… this team is so frustrating

      • Newman

        Touche

    • BigBlueAL

      Hopefully Cashman is watching this game because if it is not a clear indication that this team if their goal is to really make the playoffs needs some help and soon then I dont know what is.

      • Newman

        He’s watching the Futures Game like everyone else here

    • Joe

      Watching this game should emphasize why Cashman should not make any moves, this team has lots of issues

      • Ivan

        The would not admit it but this is smoewhat of a transition year.

  • Ivan

    Y’all not making a big deal with that abat.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Nice job by Steve Phillips neglecting to mention that Matt LaPorta had an oblique strain as a junior, leading to his subpar year.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Looks like Aumont and Weathers are the two best pitchers left. That should be fun.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Weathers is on now.

  • fresh

    is mcdonald the best worst player youve ever seen? lol

  • Ivan

    Maybe it’s me but I’ll still think that Melancon is better than Weathers.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Nah, you gotta take Weathers because his delivery and pure stuff is better. Melancon is a few months younger though.

      • Ivan

        I’ll take Melancon. Weathers to me while certainly be good, he also be kyle farnsworth. Melancon has the better control and breakingball even though Weathers beats him with the fastball.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Gong, try again Steve Phillips. Vandy didn’t go to the CWS last year, they famously lost their regional at home when a Michigan freshman hitting under .200 took David Price deep in extra innings.

    • Ivan

      ignore him.

  • fresh

    giambi has hit the ball really well a coulple times in the last 2 games and its gone nowhere…..baffling

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Oh good, we get to see Ramiro Pena have the bat knocked out his hands again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Damn, missed his AB watching Jorge Posada strikeout. What was his result?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Walked on 4 pitches, none particularly close, one almost hit him.

      • E-ROC

        I think he walked; not sure.

  • Joe

    Did you see A.J. Burnettt get his elbow into that fist pump? That was clearly a veteran fist pump.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    “Failure of the farm system”? Yeah Steve Phillips, I’m not wasting precious developmental time teaching Matt LaPorta and Jesus Montero how to lay down a bunt.

  • fresh

    this rally probably means well see montero again im excited…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    How does Angel Villanola’s signing bonus put anything into perspective? Only an idiot would come to a conclusion, talent wise, based on signing bonuses for players in two completely different talent pools and markets.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      The int’l market is an auction, the highest bidder wins. The draft is far from that.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Phillips: “MAtt, there’s a runner on second with no outs. I need you to hit the ball on the ground to the right side to move the runner over.”

    LaPorta: “Uh, what.”

    Phillips: “I need you to get the runner over so that the next hitter can drive him in with a ground out.”

    LaPorta: “Uh, okay. I think.”

    LaPorta then accidentally hits a homer when trying to move the runner over.

    Phillips: “Matt, I told you to move the runner over, I’m going to trade you for Mo Vaughn now.”

    • Newman

      Good one

    • fresh

      lol funny kinda reminds me of major league 3 back to the minors with downtown anderson

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      When is Baseball Prospectus, The Hardball Times or Scout.com going to setup a streaming web-cast?

  • E-ROC

    Good morning, good afternoon, good night! Weathers…wow.

  • E-ROC

    Pettitte did his job. Where in the hell is the offense?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Rodriguez has a lightening quick arm. Redic.

  • Joe

    I don’t know if any of you get “The Onion” in your area, but if you do and appreciate it, you need to get The Onion” movie, it’s got Steven Seagal and is maybe just a few notch’s below Airplane

  • Newman

    At least Tampa is losing again. Then again, on the other side of the ball, they’re on the verge of being swept by the hapless Tribe and we only gain 1.5 games on them

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      If the Yanks pick up 1.5 games a week, they’ll be just fine.

      • Newman

        Why justify not capitalizing on opportunities?

        • Joe

          Because they are not good enough to pick up games any faster

          • Newman

            Yea it does seem that way unfortunately. I thought Cash needed to pick up another arm for the rotation (still do) and we can make a push, but the offense has way too many games like this. Maybe this is just the type of team we are

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            It doesn’t matter how long you’re in first during the season. The only thing that matters is being in first on the last day of the season. Just ask the Mets.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

          Why focus on only the negative?

          • Newman

            Because they’re not playing well. Hard to come up with positives when losing

          • Joe

            It’s not about being negative, its just realizing that this team may or may not pick up steam and plow through the league as they did last year. With Ponson and Rasner in the rotation its hard to put togthr streaks

            • Newman

              Totally agree

  • Ivan

    Speaking of Gas. Watch Rodriguez and that’s it.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona Beach

    Wouldn’t Wakefield be a better 20 on the fastball scale?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      And take the risk of insulting a Red Sox player? Blasphemy!

  • fresh

    montero looks huge behind the dish

    • fresh

      he looks good though doesnt look out of place

  • E-ROC

    AJ Burnett better not get a complete shutout on a pitch count at 90.

  • Beezr

    Speaking of Humberto Sanchez, does anyone know how his velocity has been? That seems to be the big question for a pitcher coming back from surgery.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Coming back from TJ, the question is control. Velocity is the question coming back from shoulder surgery.

      But no, I haven’t heard anything about his velocity. I suspect it’s fine though, otherwise a big deal would have been made of it already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Why does Steve Phillips talk about On-Base Percentage like it’s some controversial religion? Then again, why do most main stream media types do that?

    • batty

      They don’t know any better but want to sound like they do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    LoL, Max Kellerman was making a joke but he did kind of have a point. He said the Yankees’ first half MVP is Jason Varitek. Him starting for the Red Sox actually makes them a worse team, thus helping the Yankees. Classic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    I thought the rule was you could not have more than two representatives in the Futures Game. I believe I’ve seen four San Francisco Giants. Or is this year’s U.S. Team exempt because they are comprised of the U.S. Olympic squad?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Right, there’s an exemption this year because of Team USA. There’s also 4 Oakland A’s in the game.

  • Handsome B. Wonderful

    When I saw last night that Burnett’s pitch count was to be 90 pitches, on three days rest, I began to think “Oh, it’ll only be 7 innings of shutout ball instead of 8.” Looks like I was wrong. I cannot wait until he is traded out of the division– he shouldn’t be traded to the Yankees, as he’d have no team left against which he pitches well.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Why are they citing W-L record for a guy in A-ball?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Main…stream…media.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Just a single? He’s a bust.

  • E-ROC

    JESUS!

  • Ivan

    That’s a good a-bat right there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Solid liner to RF. Cool.

    Jorge Posada just threw out a stealing John McDonald but Derek Jeter missed the tag so McDonald was ruled safe. He did have some zip on the throw.

  • E-ROC

    Are there any updates on the Yanks Chinese prospects: Kai Liu and Zhenwang Zhang?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I heard they weren’t going to come over until 2010 when they finish school, or something like that. They aren’t exactly prospects either. They’re really just the first step in the process, establishing a presence. If either one makes it out of A-ball, I’ll be shocked.

      • E-ROC

        Cool. Thanx.

  • Ivan

    This isn’t on of the better yankee teams.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    No Phillippe Aumont? Boooooo.

  • yanks99

    why didn’t we throw ponson on short rest?

  • fresh

    would anyone consider getting burnett if we didnt have to give up the ajax’s of the world?…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Anybody think that Daisuke Matsuzaka will be in Boston’s rotation by the end of his contract?

  • E-ROC

    Erin Andrews holding two microphones with one hand takes talent. ;)

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Did they announce the MVP? I’m watching the Yanks lose.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        Chae-Sun Lin.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Fantastic. Gammons the rest of Bandwagon Nation get some more ammo.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

          Wow, totally screwed that up. Che-Hsuan Lin.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona Beach

      She’s a Red Sox and Gator fan. She probably roots for Bin Laden too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Opposite field jack, nice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Can someboyd please, please tell me how Daisuke Matsuzaka continually works out of these self-inflicted jams?

    • fresh

      i guess cuz he does have pretty good stuff… jus doesnt know how to throw strikes all the time

  • E-ROC

    Yeah, we won’t be shutout by AJ Burnett.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      That’s all I ask. Shutouts annoy me to an unusual degree.

      • Newman

        Hmm, all you ask for is for your team not to get shut out? No asking for winning?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

          It’s sport, when there are twenty-five other guys trying just as hard as your guys then it is pretty unfair to sit in front of a T.V. or in the stands and ask for a win.

          • Newman

            Do you honestly feel better at the end of the day that the Yankees scored one run instead of zero? Who cares? A loss is a loss, and the offense continues it’s pathetic play

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

              A loss is a loss. Personally I just don’t like shutouts, what’s the big deal?

        • Jersey

          One step at a time. Have you actually watched the offense lately?

  • E-ROC

    So……………….Sexson clears waivers this week and will probably be in a Yankee uniform for the first game after the All-Star break. Is there anything else that we should expect to happen?

  • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com Bruno

    IPK, Britton, & Moeller
    Fuentes & Torrealba?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Not even close, the Rox want 2 top youngsters for Fuentes. What would that solve anyway?

      • Ivan

        who would the rox 2 top prospects for Fuentes?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          No idea, but that price seems exorbitant. I’m reluctant to trade IPK for a reliever who has a tendency to melt down just because he’s a lefty and a big name.

          • AndrewYF

            Not to mention Fuentes is a free agent after this year. Two top prospects for a reliever rental, when the Yankees have had one of the top bullpens in the league? Idiotic. I really hope the FO is smarter than that.

  • daneptizl

    I’m not reluctant to do that trade. I just laughed at having to give up Kennedy for Fuentes.

  • Cathy

    I don’t think the Yanks need Fuentes. Let’s get some offense…..and a new hitting coach……

  • daneptizl

    Because Kevin Long was a horrible person for helping us lead the league in scoring last year, right? It’s not his fault Posada, Rodriguez, Matsui, Damon got injured and the replacements that he has to work with are Cabrera, Molina, Duncan , Betemit, and a couple rookies.

  • Gary

    I detest Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera. Neither has any clue as to what’s going on in a baseball game. Cano could bat after three consecutive walks of 12 wild pitches and that lamebrain would come up and swing at the first pitch. There was NO WAY that was a double play ball today in the ninth inning. NO WAY!Rooting for this team is becoming increasingly tedious.