Calm before the playoff storm

Game 138: Building a team around pitching
Moose closes in on a milestone, Joba returns as Yanks pound Tampa

Triple-A Scranton‘s regular season is over. They take on the Pawtucket Red Sox in the first round of the playoffs starting tomorrow. Chase Wright faces Charlie Zink in Game 1, Ian Kennedy takes on Devern Hansack in Game 2.

Double-A Trenton‘s regular season is over. They take on the Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox) in the first round of the playoffs starting tomorrow. Eric Hacker faces Kris Johnson in Game 1, while Jeff Marquez draws Clay Buchholz in Game 2. Mike Ashmore broke down the matchup, and also talked about the Trenton-Portland rivalry.

High-A Tampa‘s season is over, they did not qualify for the playoffs. You can find Florida State League playoff coverage here.

Low-A Charleston‘s season is over, they did not qualify for the playoffs. You can find South Atlantic League playoff coverage here.

Short Season Staten Island (3-1 loss to Hudson Valley)
Ray Kruml (11), David Adams (3), Brian Baisley & Mitch Abeita (19): all 1 for 4 – Kruml K’ed … Adams scored a run & K’ed … Baisley drove in a run & K’ed … Abeita K’ed thrice
Dan Brewer (8): 0 for 4, 1 K
Jack Rye (13): 2 for 4
Mike Lyon (24) & Kelvin Castro: both 0 for 2 – Lyon doubled & K’ed … Castro committed a fielding error & K’ed twice
Taylor Grote: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Jon Albaladejo: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-0 GB/FB- rehabbin’ … picked a runner off first … they really missed him as a long man, take away that one outing against Detroit, and his numbers are ridiculously good
Cory Arbiso (22): 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 8-6 GB/FB
Andy Shive (35): 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB

The Rookie GCL Yanks’ season is over. The GCL Phils won the league championship.

Game 138: Building a team around pitching
Moose closes in on a milestone, Joba returns as Yanks pound Tampa
  • D.B.

    phil hughes is nice.

  • Alex K.

    Any chance Montero sees AA playoffs or is he done for the year?

    • Mike A.

      Nah he’s done, at least until Instructional League.

      • AndrewYF

        Why would he start in the instructional league next year? He just had a successful year in full-season ball, and will start next year in Tampa, unless I’m missing something.

        • Mike A.

          Instructional league starts in like, three weeks, not next year.

          • AndrewYF

            Oh, I assume they’d send him there to get more instruction on defense. Is he really that bad?

  • A.D.

    Alby, just another reason the pen will be stellar next year

  • NYFan50

    You happen to hear anything about CoJo? Hasn’t played in like 10 days now.

    • Mike A.

      No, but the GCL season’s been over for over a week now, so no one’s played.

  • Jamal G.

    Is it me or does Joe Girardi have a little fro-hawk going?

  • Lancer

    Any chance the Yanks send Joba to the AzFL (according to your last post about it, they still have two open pitching spots)?

    I really want to see him get his innings up, or else it would be a huge setback in terms of him having to be severely shortened in his innings cap next season.

    • Mike A.

      I suppose they could, I’m not sure if they would though. He does need to get his innings up too.

      • AndrewYF

        Is there any reason not to? Can’t be health-related, because they’re using him in tough spots out of the bullpen.

    • Ben K.

      I don’t believe Joba’s eligible for AzFL. But I’m not sure about that.

      • Lancer

        Do you have a way to verify that? I remember there was some discussion about it earlier on one of the DoTF threads.

      • Jamal G.

        He is, just my a smidgen though. Rules state that by August 31st, no player eligible for the AzFL can have more than one year of Major League service time. Joba Chamberlain made his MLB debut on August 7, 2007 and played his last game, until tonight, on August 6, 2008. That’s exactly one year, exactly at the cutoff line for AzFL eligibility.

        • 27 this year

          I think the DL time counts toward service time.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          I read somewhere that they changed the eligibility requirement so that players with less than 2 years MLB service time are eligible. Sorry, hate to post this without a reference, but I just can’t find it right now. Can someone confirm or dig up the 2008 AzFL eligibility requirements that I can’t find?

  • Jamal G.

    You know, David Wright isn’t having a stellar season w/RISP either, where’s all the bitching for him?

    • Steve

      I guess you don’t listen to WFAN, the Mets radio station.

      • Steve

        There’s also that tiny little detail of the Mets being in 1st place.

        That cures many ills.

    • AndrewYF

      The Mets are in first place, and their pitching (especially the bullpen) have been the goats this year.

      • JohnnyC

        And Carlos Delgado is a clutch god. Yeah, right.

      • Bo

        And they have some of the best starting pitching in baseball right now.

        That Santana really helps a little don’t ya think??

  • Steve

    Mike, how long for a new prospect list now that the season has wrapped up? I’d love to see some update on who ranks where.

    Some new profiles would be much appreciated as well. I’d love to see a Brett Marshall, CoJo and Jeremy Bleich profiles.

    • Mike A.

      I’m not going to post another list until next year, right before Spring Training. I like to wait so I can include new prospects acquired in trades and stuff.

      The profiles will start after the World Series ends. I’ll get to all the major ’08 draftees, and probably one or to for guys that have been in the system for a while.

      • Steve

        Thanks bro.

  • yankeefan91

    no update wen jb cox pitchin mike?

    • Mike A.

      Nothing. I know he’s out with a knee injury though, isn’t anything arm related.

  • Steve

    Think its about time the Yanks told Cano to stop playing winter ball?

    • JohnnyC

      He didn’t play winter ball this past year.

  • Ivan

    You know what I just learned, that Al Pacino is older than Martin Scorsese who’s 65. I don’t know about you guys but I thought scorsese was older than that like in his 70’s.

    • JohnnyC

      That’s the problem with Hollywood. It’s too old and injury prone. I say we find out what the kid directors can do.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Jim Jarmusch, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Antoine Fuqua have yet to win an Oscar yet. Therefore, they all suck and we should have traded them for Michael Cimino last winter when we had the chance.

  • J.R.

    So looking at the schedule if Giardi keeps Mussina on schedule every five days (granted this messes with some other guy’s schedules) he could have 5 more starts….

  • Manimal

    Whos injury was first, Bruney or Albaladejo’s? He was pretty good, that was a decent trade cashmen made for clippard…? I forget who it was but he comes to mind.

    • A.D.

      I believe it was Bruney then alby that went down, and he was traded for T-Clip

  • JohnnyC

    This season has seemed so long and tedious that I forgot all about Alby. what little we saw of him was pretty impressive.