Jul
08

Yanks strike early, often in 10-2 route of Twins

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To put into perspective just how well the Yankees offense was going last night: Robinson Cano got a hit with runners in scoring position. If that’s not enough for you, Frankie Cervelli hit a ball about five feet short of a home run, and then later drove one to the same spot for an RBI double. Yes, the Yankees were hitting from top to bottom, and combined with a gem from CC Sabathia it led to a 10-2 Yankees win.

The Yankees lead the league in home runs, but didn’t need any to plate 10 runs against the Twins. They accomplished it by putting men on base — all nine starters picked up at least one hit — moving them into scoring position, and knocking them in — the team went 7 for 17 with runners in scoring position. This led to runs in four different innings, including a monster five-run sixth. And they scored them in every way imaginable — sac fly, single, double, triple — really, every way but a homer (and, of course, the suicide squeeze).

Just because the Yanks didn’t hit any over the Hefty bag doesn’t mean they didn’t try. Alex Rodriguez made the first attempt in the fourth. HitTracker probably would have pegged the ball at 410 feet. With a 408-foot fence that seems plenty, but Carlos Gomez had time to position himself and timed his jump perfectly, robbing A-Rod of a grand slam. They’d pick up a run there with the sac fly, and then another after Scott Baker walked Swisher to plate a run. Hideki gave one a ride with two on and one out in the sixth, but it came up just short, and Gomez was there. Finally, in the seventh Mark Teixeira flirted with one, but it didn’t have enough height and Gomez was able to snag it on the warning track. Dude had a busy night.

Beyond hitting with runners in scoring position, another key for the Yankees’ offense last night was working the starter. Clearly, Scott Baker wasn’t on top of his game. The Yanks took advantage, forcing him to throw 86 pitches in 3+ innings. He finally came undone completely in the fourth, walking Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon on eight straight pitches. With the bases loaded, none out, and his team down only two runs, Ron Gardenhire had no choice but to replace Baker. As we all know too well, his replacement, Brian Duensing, almost let ‘em all score.

On the other side of the ball, CC was CC. While the offense rolled he kept up his end of the bargain, allowing just three hits in seven innings. Two of those were infield singles. Unfortunately the other was a solo homer. In the end it didn’t matter, though. Cuddyer’s shot was but a blip on the radar of the game. Solo homers will happen. What shouldn’t happen is walking Nick Punto on four pitches. That was infuriating for sure. Again, in the end it mattered nil.

There are few greater feelings as a baseball fan, and particularly as a baseball writer, than having little to say about a win beyond showering praise upon the good guys. CC pitched great. The whole offense hit, with runners in scoring position to boot. Carlos Gomez’s defense might have caused a few moments of anguish, but even those were light. The game was all Yankees.

Tomorrow the red hot A.J. Burnett takes on Glen Perkins, whom the Yanks bombed earlier this year. He hit the DL right afterward, and unfortunately for the Yanks has been good-to-really-good since returning in mid-June. Should be a good one in Minnesota tomorrow.

Categories : Game Stories
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I love that 13/16 hits were singles.

    • Lanny

      Wouldn’t it be better if they were extra base power hits?

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        Sure. But the singles show that the Yanks don’t need to hit HRs to win games, which is always a knock on them.

  • Little Bill

    Just goes to show you that even the best pitchers can have 1 bad outing, but they always come back from it. Joba will have a great start vs. the Angels on Friday and and will make all of you look silly. “He’s got a bad attitude, he’s not a starter, let’s put him in the bullpen for Hughes even though Joba has better numbers as a starter blah blah blah.” You’ll see.

    • Salty Buggah

      OK man, seriously stop. Everytime you say things like that. You said how EVERYONE was wrong for not wanting AJ and you were only that wanted to sign him. NOT many said things like that about CC and Joba. Don’t say that you were the only one that was right.

      Yes, you are right that no one should panic but i’m most of us didn’t. I’m sorry if I come across as a jerk but you saying after every good game is really annoying.

    • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

      “let’s put him in the bullpen for Hughes even though Joba has better numbers as a starter blah blah blah.”
      Isn’t it nearly a unanimous consensus on this site that Joba should be in the rotation?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Not until he starts losing on the game threads.

      • Little Bill

        Among sane people it is. But there are many who want to take Joba out of the rotation. I saw a few people who wanted to send Joba down to AAA! Who were these people going to bring up to start instead, Kei Igawa? LOL!

  • Salty Buggah

    I bet that theft of the slam hurt a lot to Alex. It stung me a lot but since we won, it’s OK I guess. But had we lost… oh boy, I don’t even want to think about it.

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

      It hurt my fantasy team, that’s for sure.

      • Salty Buggah

        It hurt my wish of seeing an A-rod Grand Slam

  • Tank the Frank

    Is anyone else concerned about the drop in CC’s strikeout numbers? His K/9 is at its lowest since 2004. His K/9 last year with the Tribe – even with his bad start – was at 9.0.

    I know it’s a moot point with the results from tonight and and the good season that he has had so far. But I bring it up simply for the sake of conversation…

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Not yet.

    • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

      meh if it continues throughout the second half, I will be legitimately concerned. Hopefully it’s just an anomaly or a product of pitching in the AL East.

    • Salty Buggah

      Eh I think he said he learned a 2-seamer last year in the 2nd half so maybe he’s pitching to contact. But I don’t know, I’m not concerned yet.

      • Salty Buggah

        Tonight, after being spotted that decent lead after the first 2 innings and then a big lead, maybe he didn’t find it necessary to pitch to get K’s. But that’s just for tonight and not overall for the year so…I’m just throwing out ideas.

      • Esteban

        No one pitched to contact as well as Jack Morris. But seriously, I’m not worried yet at all , but if k/9 declines further, it’s definitely not a good thing.

  • Cecilio Guante’s number 1 fan

    Say goodbye to Cervelli. What a way to go out. I am hoping they decide to keep him. Trade Molina- we still have Cash and Stewart in reserve. Plittere too.

    • e mills

      what would they get for Molina???

      • A.D.

        Roy Halladay.

        In all seriousness not much, they gave up a AA reliever for him, his stock might have gone up for him, but at best a minor league reliever.

    • DSFC

      Cash is just not good, though. He’s nowhere near Molina defensively and he doesn’t hit any better.

    • V

      Send Cervelli to AAA and give him the backup catcher job NEXT year. He’s earned it. But he’s going to do no good as a 3rd catcher in the majors, and Molina’s just as good as he is. You’re not going to get anything for Molina, so just enjoy the depth while you have it.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        +42

      • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

        Exactly.

    • Little Bill

      Molina’s better. Cervelli doesn’t deserve to stay over Jose.

      • Salty Buggah

        Eh they’re the same really except Cervi is faster.

        • Esteban

          that’s how I feel, but Molina has to come off the DL, and it won’t harm Cervelli to spend a little more time in the minors.

          • Salty Buggah

            exactly how I feel

    • Ed

      Cervelli has played about 45 games over the past two seasons combined. Those 45 games also are his only experience above A ball. He needs to go down to AAA and get regular playing time the rest of the season. There’s still room for him to develop, and more importantly, he needs to get back into the grind of catching regularly. If he doesn’t, he’s not going to have the stamina to do it if we need him for a long stretch next year.

  • J

    Yankees need to get Halladay. We need to take advantage of our great prospect pitching depth + catching depth and land our second Ace to really take a stranglehold on the east.

    CC + Halladay = Koufax + Drysdale.

    SIGN ME UP.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      At what cost? The Blue Jays would only take a huge package for Halladay especially from a team in their own division. I’d rather save the depth for a bigger hole. I don’t really think starting pitching is such a concern even with Wang’s injury. I mean sure it would be awesome have Doc but at the price the Jays would likely get, I don’t know. I’m leaning to no though. But that’s me.

      • J

        the only offensive hole we have is CF and at this point, that’s debatable too. both cabrera and gardy have provided above average offensive and defense.

        our rotation is our biggest problem, and whether we overpay is not the question at this point, its about setting our team for an awesome 5 year run. pettite won’t be in the rotation, and 2 of Wang, Chamberlain, Hughes are going to fill those holes. At this point, I think that’s a weaker rotation then this year’s.

        We all love Montero, but that’s because of his perceived value as a catcher. He’s shown decent improvement, but he’s not Joe Mauer behind the plate. Once his defense is exposed, his value will go down relative to what it is now.

        Hopefully Hughes/Joba, Romine, Robertson/Melancon would do it but I’d be willing to do Hughes, Montero, Mac and Melancon at max. Its a steep price, but we upgrade from Joba/Hughes to Halladay from our current beast team. A rotation of CC, Halladay, Burnett, Pet, Wang/Hughes/Joba/Ace is an awesome, awesome rotation and would set up the Yankees for 5 years.

        • RollingWave

          Brett Gardner + Melky this year is about the second most valuable CF in the majors (ok that’s not entirely fair since a lot of good CFs are hurt and both of them accumulated some time in thecorners. but they combine for a 3+ WAR. Matt Kemp is the only guy over that mark right now at 3.7.

          They don’t have a hole in CF. so far anyway.

        • Charlie

          NO, that’s way too much to give up. And how would it set them up for 5 years?? It would KILL them 5 years from now when they’d have no depth and not as much young pitching. Halladay is only under contract for this year and next. Its just not gonna happen, and it shouldn’t, so forget about it

          • J

            i guess the point i’m trying to make is that IF the yankees were in a position to get Halladay, at the price we’d probably have to pay, it wouldn’t cripple our farm system. It’s become a true strength for our team over the past few years. Romine can develop into a more valuable player than Montero due to his defense, and if Brackman or Betances gets it together (highly possible still), we have our next Hughes/Joba.

            I’m more worried that Hughes/Joba and Montero might develop into stars but those are such unknowns compared to Halladay’s certainty as a rotation anchor for years to come. Of course any deal is predicated by an extension.

            If the need comes (freak injury maybe? Boston bidding war?) would you pull the trigger? JFK would’ve been a good GM.

          • J

            sorry for double post, but i’m also confident that in 5 years, the yanks will have stacked another army of talented major league prospects, so that it would “kill them” doesnt seem to make much sense imo.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Hopefully Hughes/Joba, Romine, Robertson/Melancon would do it
          I don’t think its enough. Apparently the Jays are only listening to offers and again it would take a boatload to get him. They are not selling him but at this point they are just saying it again to get these boatload deals. For them to trade in the AL east it might take 4-5 players. Don’t think that will be enough.

          Hughes, Montero, Mac and Melancon at max.
          And that’s likely what the Yanks have to spend at least to reel in Doc. There’s potential in Hughes to be a very good starter as with Joba I really don’t want to give up on them. And as hyped as Montero is, I think he can pan out to be a good offensive catcher. For me I’m thinking he can end up being a Brian McCann-ish type of catcher. He may not even stay as a catcher but he may end up being great offensively. Personally I’d want him to stay as a catcher but I still don’t want to get rid of him if he doesn’t. Otherwise we’d have to give up big bucks if the Yankees want a great offensive catcher.

          Of course I’d love to see Halladay in pinstripes but for the cost the Yankees will likely make, they’d be better off keeping the prospects. But if the Yankees could get a good deal which would be hard then I’ll be all for it.

          • A.D.

            They want a package similar to what the Rangers got for Tex.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          I can’t believe I missed this.
          We all love Montero, but that’s because of his perceived value as a catcher. He’s shown decent improvement, but he’s not Joe Mauer behind the plate. Once his defense is exposed, his value will go down relative to what it is now.

          At 19 Joe Mauer was in low-A ball hitting .302/.393/.392 and OPS’ing .785 with 4 HR.

          But in AA where Montero is now he was hitting .341/.400/.453 OPS’ing .853 with 4 HR.

          Jesus Montero aged 19 and in AA ball so far has been doing .312/.379/.527 with 5 HR.

          But if that’s too small of a sample size then .356/.406/.583 in High-A ball with 8 HR.

          So why are you giving up on his offense? Right now he’s doing really well. As you said his defense isn’t good but he’s still only 19 and can still improve. I don’t want to see that kind of prospect go away. If Joba and Hughes pan out they will be great pitchers and will last longer than if we get Halladay now. Again it’s great to see him as a Yankee but he is not a need.

          • J

            montero has some beastly numbers that are even more astonishing once you realize they are actually deflated because he’s played in pitcher’s parks. I’m just critically looking at his bat and defense. i think the bat’s legit (AA #s are crazy) but I’m not sold on his defense translating well into game performance. Perhaps he’ll improve, but chances are against that a 6’4″ 225lb with below average C mobility and footwork will develop into a good, even average catcher. Players like Mauer and Wieters have always been praised for their good defense, through high school, college/minor leagues. His final position will probably be 1st or LF, where his great offensive numbers as a catcher, will be perceived as only very good. Maybe he’s a HOF type like Piazza and can get by with below average defense, but I’m not sold on that at all.

            I personally don’t want the Yankees to pull off that kind of trade, but if they do, I will understand management’s position that we are using our depth to create something absolutely awesome and special.

            Hopefully Halladay struggles a little bit this July and his value goes just a tick down.

            • JobaWockeeZ

              And yes unfortunately his body will make it tough for him to be an average defensive catcher. However so far at AA he has improved but that may be a work of SSS with his 32% caught stealing rate. Regardless I would still like him to try more and more to stay at catcher which he has said is his preference. Even if we give him up it’s still Doc Halladay so most likely I’d be upset we let him go then happy we’ll get him. If his stock does go down and if no teams offer a lot as the Jays hope then maybe a shorter package will work.

              • ArodMVP217 Retire 51

                I bet $man would be more hesitant to deal Hughes/Jesus within division than JP would Halladay

                Now that i think of it, No chance $ deals Hughes or Jesus

      • http://theyankeebomber.blogspot.com Conan

        mlbtraderumors.com said a package would probably start with Hughes and maybe Montero – and that’s just a start!

        Looking at Halladay’s numbers against the Yanks major competition: vs. Sox, he’s 12-12 with an ERA near 4.50 and he was 2-3 last season against the Rays with an ERA over 4.00. Nothing really dominating.

        I’d prefer the Yanks chances with their team now instead of mortgaging the future. I’d hate to see Hughes beating us for years and Montero turning into Fred McGriff.

        • EB

          Perhaps the yanks could also take on Wells’ 5.5/110 contract with Toronto kicking in cash ala Texas and Arod. This could enable the Yanks to hold onto Montero and Hughes
          Similarly, Rios could be an substituted in.

          Could Cashman could weasel the Jays into taking

          – McAllister, Romine, Ajax for Doc + Wells (& $20M) / Rios

          Wells’ deal is an albatross but with Damon, Matsui, Nady off the books and Toronto kicking in some cash it could work out. Plus Yanks hold onto Montero, Joba, Hughes

          • Tank Foster

            Wells stinks. A Halladay acquisition is not without risk. I like the guy who said in another thread that if Ricciardi is willing to deal him to an AL east team, he knows something we don’t. No Roy Halladay, please.

            • Ed

              I like the guy who said in another thread that if Ricciardi is willing to deal him to an AL east team, he knows something we don’t.

              Yeah, he knows finances. The Jays are at their payroll limit and stuck in 4th place for the foreseeable future.

              The ’10 Jays have a ton of payroll already committed. Wells, Rolen, and Ryan are dead weight and make $33m. You can’t move them. Rios and Overbay make another $17m and may or may not be worth it. You could probably move them, but with their contracts you probably wouldn’t get a great return. Halladay makes $15m and would get a lot of interest and should get a good return.

              That’s $65m committed to 6 players on a 4th place team. It’s a huge waste of money. Might as well try to make the most of it.

            • EB

              If by stinks you mean multiple Gold glove winning CF with 108 career OPS+, then yes he stinks. That would also mean Torii Hunter and his career 107 OPS+ stinks.

              Hunter got 5/90M, and a similar commitment for Wells isn’t insane when you consider he is more than 3 years younger than Hunter, and when you consider that he’d bring Doc along with him while the Yanks would keep Joba, Hughes and Montero.

              Need to stay open minded here….

    • Kiersten

      Yanks need to get him. Period. He is the best pitcher in the game and he pitches in the AL East. CC + Doc + Burnett as the 1-2-3 all but guarantees a championship in the Bronx. I know we all love Hughes and Joba and I have no doubt that they’re both going to be great one day, but neither is Doc Halladay right now. If we give up one, we keep the other. And true, Doc is only signed through 2011, but let’s be real, he pitches like he’s been pitching and the Yanks sign him again. I know we all care about the future, I do too, but I haven’t been to a parade in almost 9 years and I’m sick of waiting. We need to do this now.

  • The Shankill and the Falls

    This one is for your Peter Abraham, Robby says FU. Appreciate what is here otherwise take another job.

    • Salty Buggah

      well, he got that hit with RISP after we had a good lead. ;)

      I hope that this hit gets him going with RISP though.

    • Dela G

      at hit broke his 0-1.5million streak with runners in scoring position

      good to see him going again

  • Dela G

    Did anyone else love the cone/singleton booth tonight

    it was awesome

    • J

      absolutely. even better than kay/leiter/cone. cone and singleton have great dry humor, baseball stories and call a good game.

      • LiveFromNewYork

        They also allow silence which is nice and very old school. While the pitcher is setting up they will be QUIET and then just call the pitch. Kay and Sterling/Waldman frequently talk NON-BASEBALL through the pitching. Kay is annoying but I can SEE what is going on. On the radio, it’s unforgivable. “I like Pepsi. I am a new great uncle. It’s rainy this year. Oh there’s a called strike. This is a great view. Those are nice pants you’re wearing. Oh low and inside.”

        JUST STFU and call the game.

        • cr1

          Reminds me a bit of listening to Kaat/Singleton, one of my favorite past combos.

  • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

    This would have been a good game to get the Hughes stretching out train going.

    • Little Bill

      It’s not going to happen. The Yankees are doing everything they can to fail. They just won’t move Hughes to the starting role even though he has plenty of time to get stretched out. Hughes should start stretching out now and start for the remainder of the season. Hughes is a starting pitcher. Watch Wang fail in his comeback in late July and we’ll be scrambling to find a starter.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      The more I think about it, the more I want Hughes to be stretched out so that he can throw 200 innings next season.

      I know, I know, there aren’t that many pitchers who hold up to throw 200 innings over the course of a season. What that fails to account for, though, are high-stress postseason innings. Even if you pitch 180 regular season innings, you might need to throw another 10 to 20 high-stress innings (after you’ve been pitching for months) in the postseason, depending on how many starts you get (and how effective they are).

      There have been a decent number of young starters who have had rough hangovers from going into uncharted innings territory, reaching a career-high in innings pitched before the postseason is even taken into account. And if Joba figures everything out and becomes the pitcher we all hope he can be, he might not be available this postseason precisely because of his limit.

      If Hughes is going to be in the rotation full-time next year, I want him to be available the whole way – down to the World Series, if necessary. He might be able to get there with 180 innings, or he might not.

      Just extra food for thought.

      • cr1

        Durability is a big question in my mind about Hughes, so I don’t mind if they take extra precautions and go slow. He’s already spent way too much time on the DL, we don’t need to take chances on another setback.

    • ChrisS

      Aceves was sitting in the dugout for a reason. He’s Wang’s replacement.

      Hughes is a bullpen guy for the remainder of the season.

    • YankeeScribe

      Cervelli is only 23 years old! He has the potential to be a starting catcher on most teams because he can and will get better. Molina is old and will not get any better. It’s total BS how people write off Cervelli just because he doesn’t hit as well as Posada or Montero. Montero has a great future with the Yanks but I doubt he will be the future starting catcher because of his poor defensive skills…

  • Tony

    Man… eff Molina. It’s not like the guy is good or anything. And PLEASE spare me the crap about how he handles the staff. That never has and never will be proven to mean anything.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Cervelli getting a chance to play every day and develop after missing an entire year last year >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> sitting on the bench most of this season.

      • Chris

        I disagree. Cervelli’s future is not as an everyday catcher – he’s going to be a backup. In that situation, he needs to learn to play once or twice a week and perform. That requires different preparation than playing every day, so I don’t know that the time in AAA would be any better for his development.

        That being said, the Yankees are making the right move because right now Molina is better. I just don’t think there is much benefit for Cervelli in playing in AAA.

        • Ed

          If Cervelli had been working his way through the minors normally and got called up a little early, I’d probably agree with you.

          But he essentially went straight from A ball to the majors. He’s barely played over the past two seasons. He’s still got room to develop. He’s never going to have a great bat, but right now he’s a similar hitter to Jose Molina (meaning below replacement level). It’d be nice to at least see him get his bat in line with your average backup catcher.

        • YankeeScribe

          Cervelli is only 23 years old! He has the potential to be a starting catcher on most teams because he can and will get better. Molina is old and will not get any better. It’s total BS how people write off Cervelli just because he doesn’t hit as well as Posada or Montero. Montero has a great future with the Yanks but I doubt he will be the future starting catcher because of his poor defensive skills…

    • Esteban

      What should the Yanks do with him then?

    • J

      would molina interest any other teams? he’s still a good backup catcher, and cerv has shown he’s a better player than what molina has offered so far. i’d love to see molina traded so that cerv can stay with the team.

      • Charlie

        no, he wouldn’t interest other teams. He’s a fat and aging backup catcher who can’t hit shit. Let cervelli play every day in AAA, Molina is more than adequate as our backup catcher.

      • Ed

        We traded a AA reliever with unremarkable stats who was in his 7th year in the minors and 3rd stint at AA. He’s only made it up to AAA in the 2 years since. That’s about all you can expect in return for him.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yeah his defense is atrocious. We should DFA him.

    • Little Bill

      And Cervelli is good? LOL! Molina is slightly better. What does Cervelli bring? Same thing pretty much. Molina is the more experienced player and Cervelli is just a AA player who gets a few hits and everyone thinks he’s Jorge Posada. Cervelli can play more regularly in the minors and get the development he needs.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        But Cervelli brings grit and energy to the team! But yes Cervelli has been overrated in terms of offense but that is to be expected with his apparent clutch hitting. I really like Cervelli but he should be in AAA where he can play everyday and the more established Jose Molina can be the backup.

        • Tank Foster

          Everybody here tends to underrate him, I think.

          • ChrisS

            Cervelli did average a .374 OB% in 650+ minor league ABs. It’s not like he’s clueless when he comes to the plate. Sure, he’s never going to have massive offensive potential, but you’re right, too many people write him off because he’s not Jesus.

            He doesn’t have the power, but he can be a very good back-up/fringe starting C in the ML. I’m all for him getting regular playing time in AAA.

            • Ed

              His minor league career also consists of about 20 games above A ball. Everyone’s stats decline as they move up levels. The less power you have, the more significant the OBP decline is. Keep that in mind when predicting MLB performance off his minor league numbers.

              • ChrisS

                Everyone’s stats decline as they move up levels.

                No, not necessarily. Different levels are just that, different. Most often, AA poses a greater challenge to a prospect than AAA.

                Keep that in mind when predicting MLB performance off his minor league numbers.

                Keep what in mind? Your conjecture? Will do. OBP is a very good predictor of future success and no one is calling him a future all-star or even a starter. But his minor league OBP skills warrant further development.

                • Ed

                  No, not necessarily. Different levels are just that, different. Most often, AA poses a greater challenge to a prospect than AAA.

                  The adjustment time to get used to AA is commonly longer than the time to get used to AAA. That’s how that plays out.

                  Keep what in mind? Your conjecture?

                  You should learn a little about prospects if you think that’s just my conjecture.

                  OBP is a very good predictor of future success

                  It can be, but you can’t use it in isolation. Do you think Gardner’s .414 OBP in AAA is a true indication of his potential? With as little power as he has, pitchers aren’t afraid of him hitting the ball hard and don’t nibble at the corners as much.

                  no one is calling him a future all-star or even a starter

                  You just called him a fringe starter two posts back.

                  But his minor league OBP skills warrant further development.

                  Yes, they do. I’ve been saying he needs more development time all over this post and just about every other one about him. But you’ve got to keep your expectations reasonable. Even with enough time in the minors, he’s only going to peak at around a replacement level bat, which is fine for a backup with good defense.

                  FYI, here’s a minor league equivalency calculator. You plug in a stat line and select the league and then select what level you’d like it projected to. Cervelli’s 2007 line projects to a .216/.296/.300 line in the majors, which isn’t that far off what he’s done so far.

      • Tony

        At what point did I say Cervelli is good? I just have no desire to see fatass Molina on the team.

        • LiveFromNewYork

          He’s on the team and he’s a damn good defensive catcher. Cervelli needs to play everyday so he can come up next year.

    • V

      I’m not allowed to call you an idiot, so I’ll call your post an idiot.

  • Tank Foster

    Cervelli is better than Molina right now. How can anyone say he isn’t? He has bettuh numbuhz. It is possible for a guy to be better than his ‘projection.’ And the running advantage shouldn’t be overlooked.

    If he is projected as a backup guy, though, why does he need to play every day in the minors? If all he’s going to do is be a backup, why not stay with the team and be the backup, now? Molina’s gone next season anyway.

    • V

      Jose Molina: Career OPS: .618
      Jose Molina 2009: .720
      Francisco Cervelli 2009: .601

      • V

        So, no, he doesn’t have better numbers. And even if he does, he isn’t going anywhere. He’ll still be around next year.

  • V

    It still boggles my mind how much fans care about the 25th man on the roster. Backup catcher (Cervelli vs Molina), backup infielder (Pena vs Ransom), scrub long-man (Tomko).

    It’s not worth the attention people give it. These guys are fungible commodities.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Totally agree. Also fungible is a fantastic word.

    • Ed

      You’re right on the backup catcher and backup infielder thing, but the fuss over Tomko is because he could be replaced with a guy like Melancon, who should be a much better player.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Andrew Brackman for Julio Lugo

  • Little Bill

    Molina will not be around next year if the Yankees do not put him on the roster. He would have to be DFA’d. Cervelli can be sent down. That is the bottom line here. Lose 1, or keep both. Pretty easy decision for essentially the same production.