Maybe Kevin Cash can play third?

Instant Analysis: A too-quick call to the bullpen
Cold Cody

Triple-A Scranton (14-4 in over Lehigh Valley) outscored Lehigh 39-13 in the four game sweep
Kevin Russo: 2 for 6, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – 7 for 21 (.333) on the young season
Angel Berroa: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 2 K – picked off first … he’s still > Ransom, and that’s sad
Todd Linden & Justin Leone: combined 0 for 9, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – Linden drove in a pair of runs with a ground out & bases loaded walk
Juan Miranda: 3 for 6, 2 RBI – 9 for 19 (.474) with 11 RBI
Austin Jackson: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB – had at least one hit in every game so far
Eric Duncan: 2 for 4, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Doug Bernier: 2 for 3, 3 R, 2 BB
Kevin Cash: 3 for 3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB – Kevin Cash on base five times & triple short of the cycle? … that’s usually a good month for him
Phil Hughes: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 4-8 GB/FB – 63 of 96 pitches were strikes (65.6%)
Steven Jackson: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Mark Melancon: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 13 of 22 pitches were strikes (59.1%) … meanwhile, Joe Girardi just made another pitching change

Double-A Trenton and High-A Tampa both had scheduled off days.

Low-A Charleston (2-0 win over Rome)
Carmen Angelini, Ray Kruml, Brian Baisley & Taylor Grote: all 1 for 4 – Angelini & Baisley each K’ed twice … Angelini also drove in a run & committed a fielding error, his fourth error in as many games
David Adams: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 2 for 14 on the year … Ransom-esque
Abe Almonte: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP
Garrison Lassiter: 3 for 4, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Chase Weems: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 PB
Dan Brewer: 1 for 1, 2 BB
David Phelps: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 Balk, 4-7 GB/FB –picked a runner off first
Dan Kapala: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 5-2 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-2 GB/FB

Instant Analysis: A too-quick call to the bullpen
Cold Cody
  • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Nice to see that every prospect had a nice day. Hopefully Angelini can cut down on the errors; if not, can he play OF?

    GIMME HUGHES NOW AND PUT JOBA IN TEH EIGHTH INNING!!11111

  • Drew

    Good day on the farm.. Lets get Venditte to Tampa!
    Okay, so we’re all sick of seeing Cody everyday. Why Berroa isn’t up here I don’t know. I’m assuming we want him to boost up his value or something down in AAA. This is the only thing i can think of considering Ramiro is wasting away on our bench when he should be working on hitting in Scranton.
    Why not bring up Berroa or Duncan?

    • andrew

      Performing in MLB > performing in AAA for trade value. I don’t really think Berroa has any trade value considering when ARod comes back, Pena, Berroa and Ransom will all be where they belong… on the Yankee bench/AAA

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

    Would be nice if Miranda could play 3rd.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

    Can’t Angel Berroa play third?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      His defense is atrocious, but at this point…

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Birfday Girl

        Agreed

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Happy Birthday Sweetie!

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Happy Birthday Birfday Sweetie!

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Damn HTML fail…

              Happy Birthday Birfday Sweetie!

  • Rich

    Speaking of position changes, I might consider playing Damon in CF once or twice a week if Gardner/Melky don’t hit.

    As for 3B, I would give Pena a start or two.

    • Bill O

      I’d give Garner some more time because his speed can really create havoc even though he hasn’t been able to get on base as much as we’d like.

      I agree about 3B with Pena we at least get great defense, good speed, and give a good prospect playing time. Ransom’s defense is average at best and he is pretty much worthless otherwise.

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

    You know, Kevin Cash is no good. He isn’t feared enough. Maybe we should get some one who is feared, someone who gets a lot of intentional walks. Anyone want to guess the MLB leader in IBBs?

    • UWS

      Please don’t go there.

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

        Haha. You do realize that I’m joking, right?

        • UWS

          I know, but still…

          • kSturnz

            here’s another hit, barry bonds

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              My drink’s still pinker than the Easter Rabbit.

    • A.D.

      Someone who bats 8th in the national league?

      • tripp

        So what’s up with Angelini and his lack of SS skills? I know he’s young, but 40 something errors last year and then 4 in 4 games so far this year. Who do they have working with him on his D?

        Do they eventually try him at different positions?

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Why do pitchers continue to throw first-pitch fastballs to Alfonso Soriano?

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      Off-topic you son of a……

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Fontenot fielding fail.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Aaaaaaand he makes up for it.

  • A.D.

    Can Russo play the other infield positions?

    • 27 this year

      yea, in the Arizona Fall League, he played 2B, SS, 3B and some LF I believe. Pretty good defender I believe. Probably a good versatile utility guy, that is all at this point.

  • A.D.

    Eric Duncan: 2 for 4, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K

    Call him up!!!

    • UWS

      Well, he DOES play 3rd. Could he possibly be worse than Handsome Ransom?

      • Drew

        A blind man can go 1-19. Well.. okay maybe not.

        • thony

          Swisher, Nady, Pena, Miranda, Duncan, Berroa… please anybody better than Ransom!!!

  • http://thechuckknoblog.com TheChuckKnoblog

    A-Jax is my homeboy.

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

    Anyone just see that Cubs fan fall over? I’m sorry for off-topic but that shit was funny as hell.

  • UWS

    Bartman alert!

  • mustang

    Best line of the day award:

    “Mark Melancon: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 13 of 22 pitches were strikes (59.1%) … meanwhile, Joe Girardi just made another pitching change”

    LMAO

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    I think all this focus on bullpen moves from today’s game totally misses the point.

    The real story of today’s game, the one that could have long lasting impact is how efficient Joba Chamberlain was. 87 pitches thru 6, and it would have been about 10 fewer if Swisher fields that ball between his legs. That’s the important thing that happened today, not any bullpen moves that backfire, which can and will happen to any and every manager.

    If Joba learns to be more efficient, the last leg of the ‘Joba to the bullpen’ debate collapses.

    • Drew

      Plus, he obviously didn’t have his best stuff.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Nah, conditions were bad, his control was so-so. He wasn’t that sharp.

        But one thing about his stuff. Don’t let the radar gun readings fool you. That’s by design. He’s trying to get some easy outs by throwing more 2-seamers, which typically are a few MPH slower. That’s not him ‘not having his best stuff’ that’s him learning to be more efficient. I think those talks that Girardi and Eiland had with him last year and Burnett had with him this spring are sinking in.

        • Drew

          Nah I was referring to his slider. It wasn’t the K pitch it usually is… except for Coco in the first AB of the game.

    • Rich

      I think they’re mutually exclusive.

      Yes, Joba’s mechanics got out of sync at one point in the game, but that’s probably foreseeable given his relatively low number of career starts and because it was his first start of the season, with Swisher’s error compounding that problem.

      But the pen, given their ability to hold leads last season, is not expected to blow many games, and it’s reasonable to think that Girardi use of the unreliable Veras (due to his inconsistent command) in a high leverage situation could present a problem, and as a result, merit attention and debate.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        And if Veras gives up a scorcher that was hit right at Gardner, you’d have no problem with it. Micro analyzing bullpen moves is silly, if that’s your standard for what makes a ‘good manager’ then you will never, ever be happy.

        • Rich

          I would be content with the result, but not the thought process behind it. I wouldn’t pitch Veras in high leverage innings.

          In a similar vein, if Girardi had used Coke to start the 8th and he had blown the game all by himself, I would have been unhappy, but I wouldn’t complain because I would have agreed with the logic of the move.

          Speaking of which, I wonder if Coke has a mechanical flaw or is merely unlucky with location, because after being lights out last season and in ST, he seems to be struggling.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            Huh? All of a sudden Coke is our 8th inning guy? Since when? That’s a classic second guess on your part, and one that makes it seem you don’t even know what each guy’s role is in the bullpen.

            As good as Coke was last year and this spring, he’s still a situational lefty, but a good one that you’ll extend here and there. That’s exactly how he was used, it just didn’t work.

            • Rich

              What?

              If I’m going to second guess, wouldn’t I have second guessed by suggesting that I would have used a pitcher that pitched effectively?

              Seriously?

              I made that assessment in real time:

              Today at 4:37pm “I would have used Coke for the entire inning.”

              You are coming at this from the wrong angle. I’m not trying to predict what Girardi would do. I’m merely suggesting what I would have done.

              That’s why it’s the OPPOSITE of a second guess.

              Again, the mistake was using Veras in a high leverage situation. He wasn’t good in those situations last year (WPA = .38). I see no reason why he will be good this season.

              In any case, it’s a legitimate discussion, more so, imo, than Joba’s inefficiency is his first start of the season after not having pitched in a while.

    • K.B.D.

      With every start Joba makes, a B-Jobber comes to his senses.

      At least I hope.

      • http://mvn.com/milb-yankees Eric

        Though most B-Jobbers don’t have much sense to start with…

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    -Lassiter’s been making a lot of errors so far. He made another one the other night when Dellin started, and has 4 on the year (6 games).

    -Nice day for A-Jax, love the two BB’s.

    • A.D.

      Yeah, though in Lassiter defense he’s playing 3B not SS, so throw a little different, and first real year in pro ball, hopefully he will fix his throwing in time.

  • Drew

    Television… $500. HD Box… 15$. Cool Remote… $80. Listening to Joe Morgan explain why Alfonso Soriano isn’t Hank Aaron… Priceless.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Nice to see Jackson walk twice and have no Ks for the second straight game.

    • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

      call him up.

  • JT

    Is it fair to say that Venditte is more than a novelty act by now?
    Shouldn’t be too long before he gets moved up.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      I think we need to give him more than two innings at A ball, but there’s a reason why the Yanks drafted him in two consecutive years. I think he’s a longshot for a long MLB career, but he’ll move up further in the organization.

      • K.B.D.

        He’s old for the league too.

  • thony

    Can Swisher play 3B? I would like to see Miranda in the majors and I think, maybe he can play 3B…

    • UWS

      Miranda is a butcher at 1b. What makes you think he’ll be any good at 3rd?

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

        How many games have you seen Miranda play?

    • A.D.

      both of them are left handed throwers i believe. If either one could play 3B they would be.

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

      For like the 10,000th time NO, because he throws with his left hand. I don’t mean to snap at you, but I feel like I answer this question five times a day.

      • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos
      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Mike, let’s be honest here. Nick Swisher can play anywhere he damn well pleases (though I must admit that play today annoyed the piss out of me).

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        So, uh, when are the Yankees going to make single-game tickets available?

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          NEVER!

        • Brendan

          What do you mean? I bought tickets for a pair of games they day they went on sale.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Can Swisher play 3B?

      How many players who throw left-handed do you know who play 3B in MLB?

      • Dave M

        I won’t even do that with my little league team.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      LEFT HANDED THIRD BASEMEN:

      http://www.immaculateinning.com/2008/07/left-handed-third-basemen.html

      (Terry Francona?!?!?!?!??! MULTIPLE INTERROBANGS!?!?!?!??!?!?!??!)

      • A.D.

        Kenny Rogers, drafted as a left handed SS, was then immediately told he was going to be converted to pitcher.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Kenny Rogers, drafted as a left handed SS, was then immediately told he was going to be converted to pitcher and placed on a steroid regimen.

          Fixed.

      • thony

        Terry Francona, Don Mattingly, Mike Squires…. they played third as left handed

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Nice job by PA breaking down the bullpen moves. He still didn’t like the Coke move, but I don’t see what the alternative was. It just didn’t work.

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2009/04/12/breaking-down-a-breakdown/

    For all you people bitching about bringing in Coke, did you want to leave Veras out there? After walking his first guy on FIVE pitches?

    If he left Veras in and he lost the game, you’d be screaming about that as well. And probably asking why he didn’t bring in Coke.

    • BklynJT

      Exactly! If the bullpen lost the game, people would be second guessing no matter what the managers decision was. Just because the move didn’t work out, doesn’t mean the manager necessarily made the wrong decision.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Also, people need to understand these guys have roles and there’s a pecking order involved. Bruney was used, Marte was used, Veras had nothing. You’re left with Coke, Edwar or Alby. I don’t like Edwar with men on base, so it’s Coke or Alby. Coke’s a better pitcher than Alby, there a reason why Alby was the last man picked for the pen.

        I make the same move. It just didn’t work.

        • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

          “you’re left with coke, edwar, or alby”

          no, you’re left with coke, edwar, alby, or MARIANO

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Mariano would have been all of our choices, but Girardi chose to make him off limits for more than one inning in the April cold and rain as he continues to recover from his offseason surgery.

            No dice, Chicago.

    • A.D.

      Yeah every time there is a close loss there will be plenty of second guessing.

      I think you either stick with Marte, Butler’s numbers be damned, or what Girardi did made sense.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Read the PA piece. Butler MURDERS lefties, so you had to pull Marte. After that, it just didn’t work.

        • A.D.

          and Marte has some nice number vs righties. I know the numbers favor putting the righty in, but I’m saying you can either say we’re giving Marte the inning regardless, or did what they did.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Butler’s considerable ability to destroy lefties >>>>>>>>>>> Marte’s decent ability to neutralize righties

    • Dave M

      Why didn’t they just leave Marte in to finish the inning?!

  • tripp

    So what’s up with Angelini and his lack of SS skills? I know he’s young, but 40 something errors last year and then 4 in 4 games so far this year. Who do they have working with him on his D?

    Do they eventually try him at different positions?

    • K.B.D.

      As a 19 year old in A-ball, Derek Sanderson Jeter had 56 errors.

      • JT

        Yeah but everyone knows he is the worst fielder to ever play shortstop in the major leagues….

  • Drew

    Why isn’t Russo generally considered a good prospect? He’s been a solid hitter in every stop in Professional ball.

    • kSturnz

      no shiny plus tools?

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

        Exactly.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Insert phallic joke here.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Hold on, lemme go get Norm MacDonald.

    • whozat

      Age 22, A+ ball: .281/.311/.369
      Age 23, AA ball: .307/.363/.416

      These are not lines to write home about. The first is bad, the second is ok…but < 300 ABs. If he was some kind of mindblowingly amazing SS, and he put up that kind of line in AAA at age 24…then he’d maybe be interesting.

      • Drew

        You must appreciate the marked improvement from plus to AA. I’ve never seen the kid play but I’ll be following what he does this year.

        • K.B.D.

          2007 BABiP: .334
          2008 BABiP: .359

          Pretty unsustainable BABiP right there if you ask me. Makes his numbers even less inspiring.

          • Accent Shallow

            BABIP is different for hitters than it is for pitchers; good hitters will be able to consistently maintain a higher than average BABIP, simply because they hit the ball harder.

          • A.D.

            hitting BABIP isnt the same as pitching.

            Think about it, if a guy hits for avg, and doesn’t have much power, then he needs a high BABIP.

            Joe Mauer career BABIP: .342, Tony Gwynn: .345

            • K.B.D.

              Yes. Joe Mauer and Tony Gwynn can do that. And if you think that Kevin Russo is a .348 BABiP guy, then you obviously view hit stats differently that I do. I personally think he’s probably been a bit lucky in his minor league career. You’re welcome to hold a different opinion.

              • A.D.

                I’m not saying he’s in that class, just that BABIP is different for hitters, and its hitter dependent and not the .290-.310 range we see for pitchers.

          • Drew

            The kid got better in a harder level. It’s nothing to sneeze at. I just hope he can do it again this year.

  • A.D.

    Aside from Cash’s performance today. Is it really in the organization’s best interest to not be playing Pillitere in favor of Cash?

    Pillitere could be one of the main internal options for the back-up catcher spot next year, whereas Cash is mainly an emergency option.

  • Accent Shallow

    Little bummed about Hughes’ outing; seems like he was merely solid. He needs to be either spectacular (“Future multi Cy Young winner!”) or terrible (“Trade him for Ted Lilly!”) for these threads to be interesting.

    I am very much looking forward to the ~10 starts he’ll likely make this year, mostly from a curiosity standpoint, as there’s not much more fun than seeing a young pitcher develop/kick ass, a la him in ’07 or Joba last year.

    • Dave M

      Weather sucked. Don’t put too much stock in this one.

  • Angel

    Call-up Melancon!

    • Mike

      I couldn’t agree more. I think we will see him his month unlike all the people who think it won’t happen until after may 15. I would also give Phil Coke some more time to fixthing instead of everyone acting like he will be a bum, Remember he is still a rookie.

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