Yanks los…beat Mets 9-8

Nova dominates in 1-0 Trenton win
Bruney to Trenton as bullpen moves loom

It was almost one of those night. Joba Chamberlain couldn’t find the plate in the third and ended up tossing over 40 pitches that frame. Brett Tomko couldn’t get outs, and when Joe Girardi smartly went to Mariano Rivera in the 8th, Rivera nearly gave up the game.

But in the end, it all came down to one pitch, one play and one outcome I’ve never seen before. On a 3-1 pitch against a closer sporting a 0.59 ERA and no blown saves and with Derek Jeter on second and Mark Teixeira on first, Alex Rodriguez swung and lifted a lazy pop up behind second base. Luis Castillo, a three-time Gold Glove winner, drifted back under the ball as A-Rod slammed his bat down and K-Rod pumped his fist.

Fate though would not end the game so easily. Luis Castillo simply dropped the ball. He just flat out dropped it. The ball wasn’t really in his glove. It sort of bounced off of his glove and then fell to the ground along with the Mets’ second baseman. The only way to describe this play is by watching it. It was simply stunning.

As Castillo struggled to gather himself, Mark Teixeira, the game’s unsung hero, was dashing from first base on a pop up that should have ended the game. Instead, he slid across the plate ahead of the throw. Teixeira’s dash showed why the best players just know that running hard and hustling wins games. It’s the cliche of grit, but it worked. Somehow, somewhere, the Baseball Gods smiled on the Yanks, and they won 9-8 on a night marred by bad pitching, another bad Nick Swisher play and a Red Sox victory in Philadelphia.

Outside of this insane victory, this game didn’t feature many Yankee highlights. The team scored nine runs but seven came on four home runs. Joba had nothing tonight. He couldn’t find the plate in the third, and the bullpen again had to put together 15 outs. Brett Tomko showed us why he started the season in AAA, and even Mariano faltered in a non-save situation. His season ERA in those situations is now around 5.72.

We also saw Nick Swisher misplay a tough liner. He’s had a rough few days. We saw the Yanks go 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position, and outside of the final play of the game, we saw the Yanks unable to score except via the long ball.

For now, though, it doesn’t matter. After a crushing set in Boston, the Yankees did what they had to do. The team may have taken an unorthodox route to the victory, but in the end, a W is a W is a W. Andy Pettitte will take on Fernando Nieve later this afternoon, and while I went to bed last night furious at the Yanks, tonight, I will just shake my head and accept the win. Two hands, Luis. Two hands.

Nova dominates in 1-0 Trenton win
Bruney to Trenton as bullpen moves loom
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Won’t complain about a win.

  • Accent Shallow

    Luis Castillo is a True Yankee ™

  • Old Goat

    Is that considered a blown save for the obnoxious Rod?

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

      And a loss. Crazy counting stats. He did the job. His second baseman did not.

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

        It’s called accountability. 1 of us fails we all fail…wait…no your right…it is crazy.

      • Bob Stone

        But his era actually went down from 0.61 to 0.59 despite the fact that he took the blown save and the loss. Go figure baseball stats.

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          Is there an ERA without the E?

  • Bob Stone

    It’s a good argument for team losses, wins, errors and blown saves.

  • Greg G.

    The history of baseball is littered with anecdotes and stories and stats, and still you can see something you’ve never seen before.

    That was some strange ending to a ballgame. And I have to give credit to the Mets broadcasters…shortly after the winning run scored, they were praising Tex for his hustle.

    • Bob Stone

      So true. I’ve watched baseball much longer than most here on this site (over 50 years) and I am still struck by the fact that EVERY year, usually several times, you see something that has never, or rarely, happened.

      • steve (different one)

        that was my thought exactly. never seen anything like that before.

  • Bob Stone

    If Castillo had kept his head and thrown to home we might still be watching an extra inning game. He actually had a good chance to nail Tex despite his great running.

  • Spaceman.Spiff

    Isn’t it ironic how K-Rod points up at any ball hit in the air as if it were a pop-up and that specific type of ball ends up being the deciding factor of the game? I enjoyed that.

    • steve (different one)

      eh, lots of yankee pitchers do this too. Coke for one.

      • Mister Delaware

        I still do this in softball and feel like a douche every time.

  • Big Mike

    Certainly was not pretty, but I will take it.

    I hope the Yankees do something about this bullpen situation and FAST.

    Getting Bruney back (healthy) will help, but they are going to need a hell of a lot more help then him.

    I know this might sound insane to most, but I think you can really bolster that bullpen if the Yankees are willing to dangle Wang out on the trading block.

    I can’t remember a worse Yankee bullpen than the ’09 one. It is frightening every time one of those guys jog into the game, outside of Mariano.

    Please Cashman, work some magic and get the Yankees some help out there.

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

      Flipping Wang for bullpen help would be an utter waste of Wang. That’s selling far too low. When he’s on, he’s a great starter. He’s just not on right now. I’ve heard from enough readers over the last few days to believe he needs more work to straighten it out. I don’t think the time is really right to give up on Wang quite yet.

      • RollingWave

        besides, he’s probably a better reliever than whatever reliever you can trade him for (Mike Francessa’s head just exploded)

    • Mike HC

      I agree that the bullpen is scary. Besides Mo, the Yanks really don’t have a reliable major league reliever. Even Mo has had a down year up to this point. It is pretty easy for Girardi to make the “wrong” decision every night, when there may not be a right decision to be made. Bruney coming back healthy is really important. If Marte can somehow pitch effectively, that would be even better. This bullpen could turn out to be a major problem.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        This bullpen is a problem when the starters don’t do their job. If any team’s bullpen (including the vaunted Sux pen) is regularly called on to get 12-15 outs per game, it will suck.

        When we were on that nice run, the starters were going 6+ to 8 innings per game. This bullpen can handle 3-6 outs per game (especially w/ Bruney), but not much more.

        I would be extremely reluctant to give up anything of value for a bullpen arm.

        Again, why are pitchers in the bullpen to begin with? All together now: BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO BE STARTERS.

        • YankeeScribe

          I agree. Our bullpen isn’t that bad. Our starting pitching IS that bad. In the past few days we’ve had too many starters unable to go atleast 6 innings…

    • Big Mike

      So I guess you stick Wang back in the pen? He was semi effective out of there.

      We all know he had a couple real good seasons with the Yankees. For whatever the reason that doesn’t seem to be coming back anytime soon, if ever.

      You can probably get more than one reliever for him.

      Just a thought.

      I have more confidence in Kei Igawa right now then Wanger.

      • JeffG

        Dude – he is just getting stretched out… I consider it as a late spring training mode for him. Unfortunately there is all the pressure of the world on him as he attempts to pitch against guys in mid-season form.

  • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

    Somewhere, Brant Brown sympathizes with Castillo

    • Double T

      Billy Buckner says man up Castillo

      • thurdonpaul

        i thought of buckner too

  • Jordan

    Could not agree more with your post, Ben.

    I went to bed beside myself last night, but tonight I’ll take quite possibly the ugliest win in Yankees history because it goes in the W column.

    The ghosts of Yankee Stadium make their first true appearance in the new digs?

    • Evan

      Gardner’s inside the park HR….

  • handtius

    I said this in the game thread, but I was at the game and the Yanks were hitting rockets, just directly at people. It’s just amazing that they can’t catch a break with well hit balls, but win the game with a dropped pop up…They deserved that win, even if they won it on an error.

    • John

      still have a lot to getting even with luck to do

    • Drew

      Soooo many warning track shots off Livan.

  • dkidd

    i’m not a fan of michael kay, but his call of ending was great

    those poor poor mets

    • dkidd

      his call of THE ending

    • John

      yea he was super excited. I wonder how long the winwarble will be today

    • anonymous

      I thought that too. I dont like him either but that was a good call.

    • Drew

      Give credit where credit is due…
      HE DROPPED THE BALL!!!!

    • radnom

      The biggest anti-Kay person ever right here.

      But…………agreed.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    This is preety funny.

    http://i42.tinypic.com/imtdfp.jpg

    • handtius

      haha awesome.

    • Double T

      SNY facepalm

    • JeffG

      Nice… think they might have blocked that shitty Castillo play out of their mind. I’m starting to forget who is in our bullpen. Last night I just couldn’t remember… Veras?… and then the pain struck yeah he’s still there.

  • BigBlueAL

    I still havent stopped laughing since Castillo dropped the ball….

    • yankeefan91 Arod fan

      Im wit u when i saw him drop the ball i was like holy crap wtf and i see tetxeira running home i was on the floor laughing.

  • John
  • John

    Nice quote from Alex:

    “What stands out is Mark Teixeira’s hustle. That wins the game. To me, that’s why he’s my MVP of the American League right now. He’s doing everything. That kind of hustle is indicative of what Mark Teixeira brings to our team.”

    • Mike Pop

      Arod is selfish.

    • Teh Melky Teh HOFer

      So this means ARod wants the MVP right? Typical selfish-rod. heh.

    • Capital T

      I always though Jeter was Mr Hustle?

  • http://theyankeebomber.blogspot.com Conan

    Ben – love the last line “Two hands, Luis. Two hands.” Classic.

    I personally thought the Girardi move with Rivera in the 8th was a panic move and he must have been reading too many posts today and/or listening to sports radio.

    Why turn around Beltran to hit left-handed in Yankee Stadium? If Coke lets Beltran get on, I’m all for Mo coming in then. Coke looked good, too.

    Not second-guessing either – I’m not a fan of pulling out bullpen guys when their rolling, especially when those moments are rare these days.

    • Teh Melky Teh HOFer

      As you have said, there is no second guessing here. Coke has already pitch 1.2 innings, and he is indeed rolling. However, if Joe G left Coke there and Beltran did some damage, most would say that Coke was left there for too long. Personally, I think that was the right move, it was the heart of the order, I want my best reliever facing the opponents best hitters, regardless of which hand they throw or bat with.

    • steve (different one)

      I personally thought the Girardi move with Rivera in the 8th was a panic move and he must have been reading too many posts today and/or listening to sports radio.

      complete and utter nonsense.

      the move was an absolute 100% no brainer.

      no brainer.

      Beltran up, tie game?

      this is what people have been PLEADING for Girardi to do all season. use your best reliever in the highest leverage spot.

      it blows my mind how people will second guess ANYTHING.

      absurd.

      • steve (different one)

        let me add, Conan, that this rant wasn’t aimed at you. it was aimed at Michael Kay’s arguments when it happened.

        sorry, i forgot to mention that.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

        Would you have been livid if he didn’t go to Mo there? Coke was rolling. That’s no excuse to keep him in the game, of course, but there were none one. Even after my lesson in strategy last night, I could see letting Coke pitch to Beltran.

        That said, it’s impossible to complain about bringing in Mo to face the Mets two best hitters.

        • steve (different one)

          no, not livid. but Coke has been very HR prone and Beltran is a great player.

          sure, leaving Coke in wouldn’t have been the worst move, but going to Mo is still the right move, IMO.

          you use Mo to get the heart of the Mets order.

          but Girardi and Mo aren’t really the story here, Joba deserves 95% of the “blame” for last night. there is only so much Girardi can do when your starters have short outings 3 of the last 4 games.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

            Just imagine what the start might have looked like had Joba listened to Posada. For all the “Jorge doesn’t call a good game” tripe we hear from fans, it seemed Joba was only going good when he stopped shaking him off.

            But yeah, heart of the order up, Mo hasn’t pitched all week, I say going to him is a good move. Of course, I’d rather have had him be not available…

            • Jesus

              Thats a great point. Its one thing for Sabbathia to shake Posada off but quite another for Joba to do it. However, i also think posada has to chill a little and be more diplomatic. Does anyone remember the epic arguments posada and el duque would have?

  • ranger11

    They are going to pound Nieve today, right? Because, they’ve never seen him before and that usually spells trouble.

  • Mike HC

    Joba still gave up only one hit, so that is a good sign to me. He just didn’t have command tonight. It happens.

    Two, am I the only one who thinks that this 150 inning limit is a bit random. Is 100 pitches over 8 innings more stressful than 100 pitches over 4 innings? Does his extra work/simulated inning before his starts count as extra pitches? Innings are an inexact science when trying to measure how much stress a pitcher’s arm has been under. I hope the Yanks have a more complex system monitoring their young pitchers. I keep hearing about this inning limit, and it just seems like a lazy way to measure stress.

    • Eric

      The first part of your comment is pretty wrong. Walks and HBPs are significantly worse than hits for a pitcher to give up. He needs to have more confidence in his fastball and stop walking people.

      I agree with the second part of your comment. The inning limit is stupid. 100 pitches takes the same toll on his arm no matter how many innings he pitches. I get really annoyed whenever I hear people talk about an innings limit, especially since it will probably mean he ends the season in the bullpen.

      • ChrisS

        That second HBP was a slider that broke, technically, a shitload. That was a crazy pitch.

        I believe the Yankees have a more detailed progress chart for Joba than 150IP. Some bloggers and reporters will skewer them for any reason though.

        • Accent Shallow

          Actual scouting report that I may/may not have altered:

          “Arm and size to become a power pitcher. Great arm strength. Fast ball projects as a plus-plus pitch. Slider has a shitload of spin and tilt. Shows feel for a change. Aggressive on the mound. Hard worker.”

      • donttradecano

        I would think hits are worse, guys cant get extra bases on a walk.

        • Eric

          You can think that all you want, but you’re wrong. A pitcher has basically zero control of the hits he gives up on a ball put in play. However, when he’s walking and hitting batters it’s entirely his own fault. Walks and HBPs are much more problematic.

  • james

    hahaha i was watching the game on TV and when A-Rod popped the ball up, I turned off the TV immediately thinking the yanks had lost. Went out to a party, then came back and found out that the yanks actually won! This put me in a really good mood.

    • JeffG

      Must have been a damper the party though… learn from the great MT!

    • steve (different one)

      watching that extra 4 seconds probably would have made you really late to the party….j/k. sounds like something i would do.

  • JP

    Someone beat me to it, but that was my first thought – the first ghost sighting at NYS.

    I was worried that Livan would be tough on them. I guess I was neither right nor wrong. They hit him, but he kept them in the game, and the Mets should have won…

    Watching the play, I noteiced he was under the ball then moved sharply to his left a couple of steps. You wonder if wind and that Yankee Stadium, right side jet stream was playing tricks with the ball.

  • rsam

    swisher needs to sit just been brutal last couple of days.why not bring up one of the kids or duncan this clown makes abreu look like a gold glove rightfielder.something has to be done about the bullpen tomko veras coke all very terrible we have to try to trade for someone or bring up someone just to send a message that this will not be tolerated.

    • Stryker

      punctuation is your friend.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      How can you call Coke terrible? He’s had some bad outings, but so do all relievers. Coke has been the least of the Yanks’ concerns.

      • Mister Delaware

        Coke hasn’t been terrible, but the outputs are leading the inputs by too much. 16/11 SO/BB, bad GB% … he’s miscast in the late innings.

    • Eric

      Lol this is a horrible post. Swisher has been a top 25 hitter in baseball this season. You want to replace him with Duncan because he misplayed two fly balls?

  • rsam

    it seems damon and matsui are gone we just have to get younger we may have to bring up jackson later in the year just to get his foot wet.

    • Capital T

      Why not both his feet?

      • donttradecano

        IETC

  • http://statspeak.net dan

    Stop the walkoff video at :37 seconds. Cano jumps on A-Rod’s back, and A’Rod immediately reaches to grab his right hip. Fuuuuuck.

    • ArodMVP217

      i saw that. he was smiling afterwords, so it may just be when pressure is on it (besides his muscular frame)

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  • jonathan

    Another thing that has become very apparent is that we need Huston Street, both as that really solid 8th inning guy but also as the “Mariano Rivera will sit for a few weeks with shoulder soreness” guy. Mo has been, words cant describe…dominant in his career but it seems that he has more weaknesses this year and we need to have a back up plan. Who else in that “pigpen” would you trust in the 9th…christ we cant even trust most of them in the 7th with a 5 run lead.
    I think that we need to go all in and get him, I dont really know what it would take but we need to solidify that pen or we will never be able to maintain competive. The other option that I think would work is Pedro…I think that he would take 2 million this year to play on a contenter and would his stuff would play up really well out of the pen.

    • RAB poster

      Pedro says he will quit baseball unless he starts.

    • Eric

      Good theory, except that Bruney and Robertson are both as good or better than Street and wont cost us a ton.

  • Nickel

    I was switching back and forth with this game and the Stanley Cup final with my father, and every time we turned to the Yankee game, I was just getting in a worse and worse mood, yelling at him about how bad this team sucks, and how the bullpen can’t hold any sort of lead, and they’re just not fun to watch (I was being totally irrational, of course), dropping swear words and F-bombs. Finally, I walked away from the TV in the bottom of the ninth because I didn’t want to see K-Rod do his little dance after the last out. Finally, I hear my dad laughing, and I run back to the TV in time to see the replay.

    The Yankees sucked last night, but Castillo managed to suck just a little more. I have therefore started to refer to this as “Suckway Series 2009.”

  • RAB poster

    This may be my favorite Subway Series game of all time. Not including the WS.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    If Castillo didn’t drop it they lose but if Teix didn’t hustle home they lose.

    while it was fun and very laughable I really wish they had a definitive win and get back into the winning groove.

  • JeffG

    My feeling at the end of the game was that this is like a playoff game in June. Jeter and Tex did their part and somehow the Yanks had a little magic on their side. Very cool.

  • Stryker

    i like that we can all revel in a win, but it still doesn’t change the fact that:

    a) Joba couldn’t get through 4 innings without throwing 100 pitches,
    b) they have to trot out garbage every night because they have zero bridge from the starting pitcher to Mo,
    c) Mo couldn’t keep the score tied after entering in the 8th inning with nobody on and two out,
    d) Girardi makes some pretty retarded managerial moves on a nightly basis, and t
    e) ARod popped-up with a chance to win the game tonight and was only spared a chorus of boos because of Castillo’s ineptitude.

    but a W is a W.

    • steve (different one)

      d) Girardi makes some pretty retarded managerial moves on a nightly basis, and t

      what was the bad move from last night? i don’t remember any.

      e) ARod popped-up with a chance to win the game tonight and was only spared a chorus of boos because of Castillo’s ineptitude.

      true, but that’s not really fair. A-Rod’s only been playing a month and he’s already had several super clutch moments.

      the walkoff HR against the Twins. the tying 2 run HR off Lidge. the double on Thursday. he walked a few times in middle of key rallies against the Twins and the Rays.

      he’s been pretty solid this year. no one gets it done 100% of the time in those spots, and K-Rod is a pretty nasty pitcher.

      he hit a pop up, but in his previous AB, he hit an absolute rocket to CF that he had nothing to show for. baseball is funny like that.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

        It’s hilarious how A-Rod has won this team games, or done everything he can to win this team games, and people still boo him. Whatever. If they want to hate players on the team they love, let them deal with that internal angst by taking it out on someone else. Says a lot more about the booer than it does A-Rod.

        • Mister Delaware

          To answer bulletpoint d), in a park where the ball is flying out to right, Damon hitting for Swisher rather than Gardner was a mistake. I know Swisher’s numbers against Krod but you find me a pitcher Gardner is a better option against at the plate and I’ll find you a pitcher who doesn’t exist then I’ll laugh at you for implying that Gardner would ever be a better option than Swisher then I’d let it go.

      • AndrewYF

        Girardi made a mistake batting Damon for Swisher instead of Gardner. Gardner was getting his weekly start, and hasn’t been doing much of anything, while Swisher has been on fire. The Yankees are down by one run. Who do you pinch-hit for? Girardi chose Swisher. Even though the Yankees won, that move made absolutely zero sense.

        • Eric

          The only thing I can think of is that Damon gives them a much better chance of staying out of a game-ending double play. But you’re mostly right, it was a bad decision by Joe.

  • redbug

    e) ARod popped-up with a chance to win the game tonight and was only spared a chorus of boos because of Castillo’s ineptitude.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And, Arod did his typical jog to 1st base, eyes off the ball, instead of hustling just in case. Maybe he’ll learn something from Tex.

    • steve (different one)

      And, Arod did his typical jog to 1st base, eyes off the ball, instead of hustling just in case. Maybe he’ll learn something from Tex.

      uhh…and A-Rod’s run is meaningful, how? there were two outs and 2 runners ahead of him.

      there is zero reason for him to be running hard. all he needed to do was touch 1B.

      you’re looking for things to criticize and this one makes no sense.

      actually, running hard may have cost them the game if he gets thrown out going to 2B before Teixeira scores.

      • redbug

        uhh…and A-Rod’s run is meaningful, how?
        ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

        If Castillo recovered and threw to 1st base. There’s no reason to jog to 1st w/ his eyes not on the ball. As last night proved, anything can happen.

        I believe he was caught not hustling to 1st on another play earlier this season.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

          He was AROUND first by the time that ball landed. He actually had to scamper BACK to first.

        • donttradecano

          Arod “jogging” is actually Arod running faster than anyone here.

        • steve (different one)

          If Castillo recovered and threw to 1st base

          go back and watch the replay, m’kay?

          then take a deep breath and forgive A-Rod for running over your dog.

          • donttradecano

            lets face it, Pedroia would have used all his grittyness to get himself to third.

    • Accent Shallow

      A-Rod was around first by the time the ball hit Castillo’s glove.

  • YankeeScribe

    We needed Joba to go a little deeper into the game last night. Hopefully Pettite can get to the 7th inning today.

    Nick Swisher is good but not good enough to be the Yankees’ everyday right-fielder.

    • Accent Shallow

      Swisher has an OPS+ of 141.

      You’d rather have Xavier Nady?

      • YankeeScribe

        I’d rather Cashman had signed Adam Dunn

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

          So you’re complaining about Nick Swisher’s defense due to a short-term bad week while proposing signing Adam Dunn, an utter butcher in the field? Ok.

          • YankeeScribe

            Swisher is one dimensional. He gets on base and that’s all. Atleast with Dunn you get a guy who will get on base and drive in atleast 100 runs

            • AndrewYF

              My god, you’re an idiot.

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

              RBIs? Really? You’re basing your analysis of Swisher/Dunn on RBIs? That’s not going to be a winning argument.

              You’d take Dunn because his OPS is right now .020 points higher than Swisher’s. While Swisher’s defense hasn’t been stellar of late, he’s a fine defender and isn’t too dissimilar to Dunn to warrant much, if any, regret.

              • YankeeScribe

                Dunn’s bats left and has averaged 40 HR’s and 100 walks the past few seasons. He’d probably average 50 HRs a season in the new Yankee Stadium. You guys are in denial. Any GM would take Dunn over Swisher.

                I admire Swisher’s hustle and his effort but he’s just a one dimensional player.

  • Mister Delaware

    Swisher has the 7th highest OBP and 2nd highest isoP of regular RFs this year. He’s not a problem at all.

    • YankeeScribe

      That’s great but he’s still a one dimensional player, especially if he sucks at catching the ball. His defense makes me miss Abreu and Sheffield playing RF and his baserunning lapses are just unacceptable for a veteran ballplayer. At best he’s an every other day player. I’d much rather see him and Nady platooning RF. I think that was the plan for this season before Nady got hurt.

      • Mister Delaware

        He’s had a gross week on defense (with one stellar play) but he’s only at -1 for the season; Abreu was never better than -8 for the Yanks and Sheff was even worse (-9, -16). Besides, its not like Nady is some 5,000 square foot glove; he was a minus last year too. He’s our best RF option.

        • YankeeScribe

          I agree that he’s our best RF option now. I just don’t think Cashman’s intention in signing Swisher was to make him our everyday RF’er for the next few seasons. I think he was signed to give the team more depth and as a plan B in case they didn’t sign Teixera.

  • YankeeScribe

    I like Swisher but he’s proving that there’s a reason why certain players shouldn’t play everyday and not making Chicago look bad for giving him up…

    • Mister Delaware

      .251/.391/.529 = Suck

    • Eric

      Your stupidity really makes my head hurt. I’ve never heard “he’s only good at getting on base” used negatively before. Then you say you don’t want him because of his defense and proceed to want Adam Dunn. Dunn’s fielding has cost his team 13 runs this season, Swisher’s defense has cost the Yankees 3 runs. With their offensive production equal, Swisher has been more valuable. Not to mention Dunn would have cost a shitload more.

      • YankeeScribe

        I said Swisher’s GOOD at getting on-base, how can you percieve that as negative??? Dunn is good at getting on base too. The difference between the two players is Dunn is FAR more productive when he makes contact and he has 5 straight 40HR/100rbi seasons to show for it. I’m not devaluing OBP. Swisher has a high OBp. Dunn has a high OBP AND a high SLG%. There’s not a whole lot of difference between the players on defense but Dunn can more than make up for his defensive mistakes with his bat. If you were Brian Cashman, why would you choose Swisher over Dunn? The only reason I can think of is that he add’s outfield depth and Dunn’s age. I can’t honestly believe Cashman wants Swish to be our everyday RF’er for the next few seasons…