The Governor’s Cup will have to wait another day

Cano looking to retool swing
The beginning of the end

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 loss to Durham, walk-off style) SWB leads the best-of-five series 2-1 … all three games of the series have been decided on walk-off hits, as was the final game of the previous round for SWB … Phil Hughes vs Wade Davis in Game 4 tomorrow, pitching matchups in the minors don’t get any better
Justin Christian: 3 for 3, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 3 SB – what a stud
Bernie Castro: 0 for 2, 1 K
Juan Miranda: 2 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 K
Shelley Duncan & Chris Basak: both 0 for 3, 1 K – Shelley drew a walk
Ben Broussard & Eric Duncan: both 0 for 4, 3 K – yikes
Matt Carson & Chris Stewart: both 1 for 4, 1 K – Stewart allowed a passed ball
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 7-7 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – 71 of 105 pitches were strikes (67.6%)
David Robertson: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 14 of 26 pitches were strikes (53.8%)
Six-Finger Perez: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Double-A Trenton is tied at one in the best-of-five Eastern League Championship series with the Akron Aeros (Indians). Chris Garcia George Kontos gets the ball in Game 3 tomorrow.

High-A Tampa’s season is over; they did not qualify for the playoffs. The Daytona Cubs won the league championship.

Low-A Charleston’s season is over; they did not qualify for the playoffs. The Augusta Green Jackets (Giants) won the league championship.

Short Season Staten Island’s season is over; they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. The Jamestown Jammers (Marlins) will take on the Batavia Muckdogs (Cards) in the best-of-three NY-Penn League Championship series.

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

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Cano looking to retool swing
The beginning of the end
  • Ivan

    I don’t know what to think of this game. I want the yankees to win obviously, but at the sam time you want them to lose so I see the Hughes/Davis matchup.

    • yankeemonkey

      Tell me about it.

    • Mike Pop

      yup

  • Ivan

    As I see Jeff Niemann pitch, you know that 04 draft year is shaping into a solid draft class.

    • Mike Pop

      yep

  • yankeemonkey

    Thanks for the thread, Mike!

  • yankeemonkey

    It’s actually Kontos pitching tomorrow for Trenton; Garcia went last night and got rather lit up…

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

      Duh, my bad.

      • Mike Pop

        cmon man get it right

  • yankeemonkey

    Scranton offense looks eerily similar to the parent club.

    What sort of prospect is Niemann? He looks decent.

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

      A pretty good prospect. I think he was the 4th overall pick a few years back, definitely one of the top 10 picks. Had some shoulder issues that sapped some velocity.

      • yankeemonkey

        Tampa’s going to be scary good for a long time.

      • Ivan

        He was part of the Rice Trio in 04. Him, Humber and Townsend. Great arms and they all sucumb to injuries.

        • A.D.

          Rice arms over used in college?

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

            Yep. They come in power arms and leave finesse guys.

  • Mike Pop

    Nieman aint too shabby

  • Mike Pop

    Can we trade Igawa and 50 mill for Darvish ? lol

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

      What makes you think Darvish will be better?

      • Mike Pop

        that play that igawa just had did

      • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        If the scouting reports are to be believed (yeah, right), Darvish has a low-to-mid 90s FB with a plus breaking ball and good change. He’s 21 and still very much projectable and is the best pitcher in Japan. You could say none of that about Kei Igawa.

        • daneptizl

          He’s more of a 91-92.8 guy.

      • A.D.

        Darvish > Igawa in Japan, so it would make sense that would carry over

  • Mike Pop

    Bad play by the jap

  • Slugger27

    mike, u know anything about this tazawa guy? im assuming hes one of the players stick is scouting… any info?

    • Manimal

      I say don’t get involved. Recent Japanese players haven’t really work.

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

        Agreed.

        • 27 this year

          I disagree, this guy is someone who hasn’t played in the Japanese professional so whatever his philosophy is, hasn’t quite molded in. This guy could come over to the MLB as a prospect in like A or AA and because he hasn’t played pro ball in Japan, his pitching style hasn’t been set. He is just like an arm out of college or highschool so I think he is a better bet plus he would have a lot less mileage on the arm.

          • Manimal

            hes going to cost a shitload for a college or highschool player.

      • Slugger27

        true… im not saying im for it, but gene’s obviously over there for a reason

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

      Nada, today was the first time I heard his name.

  • Ivan

    Igawa pitching well.

  • yankeemonkey

    Hey, look at Igawa limiting the damage!

    As for being careful with Japanese players, I’d say it’s more limited to the pitchers, no? The hitters seem to work out pretty well.

  • Mike Pop

    Arod for Price and Kazmir

    • Slugger27

      lol the rays with arod’s salary…. we’re very lucky they dont have a lot of money

    • Patrick T

      Not only are we the only team that can afford A-Rod, it would actually be harder to replace A-Rod’s production than it would be to get our hands on an ace SP and a 5-star prospect. There’s no bats out there to replace him.

  • Mike Pop

    Anyone think Christian has the potential to be a regular mlb outfielder ?

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

      I’m a big J-Christ fan, but no. Helluva 4th OFer though.

    • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      No way. Guy with plus plus speed and a singles hitter with a lot of Ks. 4th/5th OF to me.

  • Mike Pop

    Imagine kazmir shields price davis niemann ?? my gosh all young and affordable with great talent

    • 27 this year

      with Garza, and guys who turned it around this year in Jackson and Sonnastine along with some great position player talent.

    • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      In reality due to stamina and injury issues Niemann projects as a very nice 3rd/4th starter. He could be a closer but it’s been said that with his body type and all he can’t warm up quickly.

  • Mike Pop

    If i was the rockies i woulda looked at a Price for Holliday deal. I know the rays weould only bring his name up for Holliday if i was the Rockies I woulda hopped all over it

    • Ivan

      TB is not making that deal.

      • Mike Pop

        Rosenthal said the only way they woulda discuess Price was if Holliday was in the deal.

        • Ivan

          Why in the hell would TB trade price for a guy chances are they are not gonna sign long term.

          • Mike Pop

            Why did Braves deal Andrus and Salty plus 2 or 3 other guys for Texiera. They were going for it …. Dont act like its the most unbelievable thing u ever heard.. Why did Milwaukee deal Laporta why did we deal Tabata with Nady gonna hit FA cuz of Boras

  • Mike Pop

    I did want Dice-K pretty bad but im not hung up by it. he cost them what 72 74 mill overall right ?

    • Ivan

      How about 103 Million dollars.

      • Mike Pop

        think its gonna blow up in their face considering how much he was worked in Japan ? you think his arm is gonna die or w.e

      • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        That’s more like it :)

  • http://yankees.com D.B.

    hughes or price?

    • Mike Pop

      Phil Hughes is my favorite but obviously Price projects to be better … What bout Joba or Price

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

        Price is the lefthanded Joba.

        • Mike Pop

          Wish we had both

        • Ivan

          While Kershaw is the lefthanded Hughes right?

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

            I wish.

            • yankeemonkey

              You know, if Kershaw was on the Yankees, he’d probably be announced a bust by now.

              • Mike Pop

                agreed

                • yankeemonkey

                  Which only goes to show that it’s utterly ridiculous how little patience Yankee fans have. And Hankenstein, evidently. Good grief, someone put a muzzle on that guy.

          • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

            Kershaw is different. He’s basically a two-pitch pitcher, with a plus velocity on a 93-96 fastball with little to no movement and a plus 11-5 curve that checks in at 74-77. He rarely uses his chaneup or slider, but he really doesn’t need to some times. He has real control issues, and at this point and in the future I would definitely take Hughes’s command over Kershaw’s.

      • http://yankees.com D.B.

        yeah i agree with price over hughes, but you have to take chamberlain over price anyday. joba has had success at the big league level which is something that price hasn’t done yet. the only thing that worries me about chamberlian are his injury concerns.

        • Slugger27

          price vs joba isnt fair cuz joba has already shown tremendous success at the major league level so technically hes not a prospect anymore… but if ur debating 5 years from now, i think joba is the safer bet simply cuz we’ve seen he can handle major league hitters

    • Ivan

      Price for the fact that he’s a lefty and has obviously nasty stuff.

    • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      Price. He’s a lefty with a superior fastball (93-94 dialed up to 96-97) and a plus slider (85-87). He has a solid change to compliment the three.

      Hughes, for now, has an inconsistent fastball, though I’ll go with 91-93. He has a plus curve with 1-7 break between 72 and 74, a plus slider/cutter that was scrapped until this year that comes in at 85-87, an average 2-seamer 86-88, and an underdeveloped changeup that is around 78-80.

      You might say, well, Hughes has 3 plus pitches and Price has two, so what gives? As I said, Price is a lefty but he also younger and already has more experience and comfort with his arsenal. Hughes has gotten by very, very well using two or three pitches throughout his career. No question, both are a relatively sure bet to be aces, but I’ll take Price.

      • Ivan

        Actually Hughes is younger than Price.

        • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

          I stand corrected.

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

          And Andrew Brackman.

          • http://yankees.com D.B.

            brackman is nasty

      • Ivan

        I don’t wanna call the cutter a plus pitch as of yet. His Fastball is a plus pitch, while his curveball can be Plus-Plus.

        • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

          The thing is that his slider/cutter (not sure what to make of it yet) was labeled plus and “major-league ready” as he was coming out of high school.

          • Ivan

            His Slider was yes a good pitch for when he came outta HS, but once he didn’t use it for a while, he lost the feel for it and the velovity on the slider was similar to his change up and as a result really was a plus pitch anymore and scrap it for the cutter.

            His cutter from reports and from I see has potential to be a plus pitch but it’s new so I can’t really label it at that level yet.

            • Ivan

              was not a plus pitch anymore.

  • Slugger27

    mike, whats ur takeo n phil coke? hes impressed me so far but hard to tell what he will be long term. u see him as a lefty specialist, solid middle reliever, back end starter, or career minor leaguer in the long run?

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

      Definitely reliever, but I think he can more than a LOOGY. Maybe not great against righties, but not completely hopeless.

      • Slugger27

        im hopin he can be the 2nd coming of stanton… its been a while since weve had a reliable lefty in the pen… cant handle watching the felix heredias and jesse oroscos and billy trabers of the world much longer

        • Ashish Skaria

          Cliche, Cliche

  • Mike Pop

    I really see Kennedy getting dealt within the next year

    • Bill

      For what? His value is real low right now. Its really similar to the Tyler Clippard situation last year. We could cut our losses and get a decent player with less upside or we could take our chances that Kennedy can pitch at this level and give him a shot.

  • Mike Pop

    Could we get Kershaw in a deal for Cano than if he has all those problems ?

  • Manimal

    “I’m going to be reviewing the entire organization,” Hank Steinbrenner told the AP in Tampa today. “We’re going to do everything we can to win next year. We’re not going to wait. Do everything we can that makes sense. We’re going to fix what we have to fix. We’re going to have to look at what has been done wrong over the last five years, which I’ve had one year to try and figure out. Clearly, a lot of mistakes were made.” Damn. Now I know what you meant Mike. Anyways, Padres claimed Scott Patterson and Maruszak was called up.

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

      Know what I meant by what?

    • yankeemonkey

      Ugh.

    • Mike Pop

      UHOH if Cashman loses autonomy he might not want to stay and head to Philly

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

      Hank needs to go back to his horses. Just shut the hell up and let the baseball people do the baseball stuff.

      • TurnTwo

        what makes people automatically assume this is only Hank speaking? he’s the only one to go public, but there might be any number of people behind the scenes who feel the same way.

        • The Scout

          That’s it! Someone or something has taken over Hank’s mind (or mouth)….

    • Ivan

      Hank really needs to shut the fuck up right seriously.

  • Mike Pop

    i was looking at joel shermans post today and some ppl who commented on it were absolute idiots.. they were like deal matsui melky wright and kennedy for rowand and cain.. liek that would even be close to getting it done

    • Slugger27

      nobody wants melky, mastui isnt worth $13 mill, i still think chase wright is a career minor leaguer, and kennedy would be selling low… sabean wouldnt even respond before hanging up the phone

      • Mike Pop

        i kno

    • Ivan

      NY Fan beat me to making my point.

      A-Rod is PRICED for PERFECTION.

      Michael Jordan made 36 million a year, but he GOT RINGS lots of RINGS.

      I will paraphrase a little SCRIPTURE here.

      To whom the MOST is given,the MOST is expected.

      Michael Jordan delivered on that, A-Rod has not DELIVERED on what he is paid and the expectations that come with what he is paid.

      I UNDERSTAND the media and the YES network defending A-Rod. Their bread and butter is filling print space and filling air time. Blathering how great the individual is, is what you gotta do, when the team you are covering takes a September nap.

      But I do NOT understand fans defending A-Rod.

      The media are mercenaries but fans should be populists.

      If you as a fan can defend and cheer A-Rod, then you are much like those SF Giants fans whose team stunk but filled the park and celebrated a misanthrope like Barry Bonds, who is a legend, but only INFAMOUS legend.

      Yea A-Rod takes 30 A-bats game.

      • Slugger27

        i think myself, mike, and jamal are the only arod supporters left on the entire planet, he makes $28 mill but hes still a human being, he runs on blood and brain power, not a battery or robot remote control

        • Ivan

          I didn’t write that. It came from a poster on Sherman’s blog. I was just showing something that was just ridiculous.

          http://blogs.nypost.com/sports.....tte_p.html

          see.

        • Mike Pop

          I support him hes my favorite player but hes so mentally weak it pisses me off.. A guy with that much talent should not K like he does. I am grateful he is a yankee but I think he needs another star on the team to help him AKA MANNY RAMIREZ or I would settle for MArk Texiera

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

            I think he needs another star on the team

            Uh…

            • Mike Pop

              you know what i mean a big hitter .. a 280 300 hitter 30 homer 100rbi plus guy we dont have that. someone needs to help protect him

          • Slugger27

            the entire roster is stars

            • Mike Pop

              you cna argue that boston has more stars than us

        • http://yankees.com D.B.

          i am too. arods the best hitter on the yanks day in and day out.

      • yankeemonkey

        Um, what? Barry Bonds cheated his way into the record books. That’s totally like striking out/RISP. Well done.

        • yankeemonkey

          *w/RISP

  • Mike Pop

    I like to see Hank running his mouth I know its not the smartest move but I like leadership and I love the desire to win

  • Manimal

    D-rob droppin Curves left and right.

  • Steve H

    Think Mo was ever a cross dresser?

    http://newengland.comcastsport.....ool-years/

    • Manimal

      LMAO, Byrd’s face was like FUCK IM SUROUNDED BY TRANNY’s.

      The key to winning.

      Fun.

  • Ivan

    Come on D-Rob ya better than that son.

    • Ivan

      That’s what the fuck im talking about. Nasty curveball.

    • yankeemonkey

      I like Robertson. I hope he gets another chance next year. Of course with Hank running his mouth the way he is, who knows. It’ll be a crime if he trades away the farm.

      • Mike Pop

        Hes not gonna trade the farm everyone knows he wont hes just gonna spend mad dough…. He will trade some picks but he wont trade our high end prospects

  • Slugger27

    mlbtr projects marte to be type A… given the small buyout and his less than stellar performance i think it makes more since to decline and offer arb… especially if they like coke as much as they seem to

    • http://yankees.com D.B.

      yeah i agree….more picks the better, cokes fastball is a tick or tick faster than i thought

  • Manimal

    Justin “they call me Jesus” Christ.

  • Mike Pop

    I think D Rob will be a nasty reliever in the majors eventually

    • Ivan

      He has potential to be a solid/very good reliever on a championship team. He’s the type guy the mets would love to have.

      • Manimal

        Honestly, Aceves Coke and Drob would all be top of the line relievers

        • Mike Pop

          Ya dude Drob is the best of them tho

  • yankeemonkey

    Tie game!

    JChrist + Miranda = pure win.

    • Mike Pop

      Go SWB !

  • Ivan

    Seriously should we really take Hank seriously? Sometimes he just blowing just hot air.

    That’s why I fuck with Hal and Cashman too.

    • yankeemonkey

      Sometimes I wonder if Hal is Michael to Hank’s Freddo.

      • Ivan

        Hanks more like Sunny, but we all know what happen to Sunny.

        • yankeemonkey

          Good point.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          “Sunny”? Really? That’s where you went with that? You think his name was “Sunny”?

          WOW.

  • yankeemonkey

    Haha, the Durham announcers are the worst homers ever. Every pitch that their player throws should be a strike, and they don’t even try to conceal their disappointment when Scranton does something good.

    • Mike Pop

      i know its so funny

      • Manimal

        “A broken bat liner and.. oh sheesh, a double play, (mumbles something but sounded dissapointed)”

        • yankeemonkey

          Yup. Mumblemumbledoubleplaymumblesigh.

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

    Nice.

    • Mike Pop

      cmon baby walk off style !!!!

      • yankeemonkey

        You want Scranton to lose?

        • Mike Pop

          my bad wasnt thinking straight i thought we were the home team

  • Joe

    Hey, the Yankees are out of it and Gardener has rode the bench for the past few weeks why not send him down to play in the triple AAA playoffs?

    • Manimal

      You should be GM because clearly, you are smarter than cashman.

  • Ivan

    SWB sure love playing these games mad close.

  • Manimal

    Perez is a big guy with pretty good stuff

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

    Damn.

  • Manimal

    Phil Hughes it is.

  • Mike Pop

    Damn

  • yankeemonkey

    There we go, another walkoff. Guess we get our wish with Hughes tomorrow.

  • Manimal

    Any chance we can get two game threads tomorrow?

    • Ivan

      How about just for the SWB playoff team.

  • Ivan

    Fuck they lost, oh well at least we see that Hughes/Davis match up.

  • Frank

    Can’t wait for that Hughes/Davis matchup.

    I think Hughes will breeze through that lineup. He’ll dominate in a big game for the win.

  • Ivan

    SWB involve in 4 walk-off games. What are the odds.

  • pat

    welcome to fucktown population: us