Aug
30

Open Thread: A-god

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It’s amazing that there are still people talking about the White Sox as possible contenders in the AL Central, isn’t it? Remember when Mark Buerhle was Mr. Perfect and Alex Rios was going to solve the centerfield problem and Jake Peavy gave them four dominant starters? Yeah, those were the days. Anyway, now that the Yanks have swept those frauds out of the town, I want to point two stat lines out to you.

First…

.304-.390-.575-.965

Second…

.313-.431-.553-.984

That first set of numbers is Alex Rodriguez‘s career batting line. His career line is basically equal to what Miguel Cabrera is doing this year. Think about that for a second.

The second set of slash stats? That’s A-Rod‘s batting line since June 24th, which is the day Brian Cashman visited the team in Atlanta. That 22 point difference in SLG … you know what that is? It’s one stupid double every 47 at-bats. I’ll take the 41 point boost in OBP over those missing 22 SLG points every day in the week. So please, let’s stop all this nonsense about A-Rod not being the same hitter he was before the hip surgery. He’s got 100 OPS points on MVP candidate teammate Mark Teixeira since that fateful day in Atlanta. The guy is a machine.

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So anyways, use this as your open thread. The Braves and Phillies are the ESPN Sunday Night game, and you’ve also got Jay Cutler returning to Denver on NBC. Anything goes, but be cool to each other.

Categories : Open Thread
  • http://www.richardiurilli.com/ Richard Iurilli

    But what about his STEEP DECLINE!!!11???

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    What are tex’s numbers since? ;)

    • Jersey

      .285-.376-.490

      DFA!!!!

  • the artist formerly known as (sic)

    Hey Mike, helluva piece. All-around quality.

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

      Nothing but the best.

      • the artist formerly known as (sic)

        In particular I liked the “MVP candidate” line.

        • Billy

          i actually didnt get that line. mike, do you seriously think that tex isnt an mvp candidate? i know you think jeter is the mvp, but tex should at least be among the three candidates along with jeter and mauer

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

            He’s on the bubble. All the heavy MVP talk came after the Yanks swept the Sox in NY and he hit that big homer. It was all reactionary stuff.

            Furthermore, look at this:

            A-Rod: .313-.431-.553
            Jeter: .369-.424-.512
            Cano: .328-.355-.540
            Tex: .285-.376-.490

            That’s all since that day in Atlanta when Cash came down. You can argue Tex has been the least productive player on his own infield over the last 2.5 months.

            • Billy

              i thought the tex mvp talks began much earlier than the homerun against the sox. i have been thinking tex is the mvp for about 75% of the season

              • Salty Buggah

                Well, people were saying how Tex might be MVP, MIGHT. But when he hit that HR, he suddenly became one of the favorites.

              • whozat

                He’s The RBI Guy on a division leader, of course he’s going to get press attention for MVP, and possibly even steal the award from Mauer.

                But he’s a 1B. Jeter, by having the season he’s having at the plate, and playing an ABOVE AVERAGE shortstop is definitely more valuable.

                And Joe Mauer…dude, that guy is just unbelievable.

            • Salty Buggah

              WOW! Im surprised about Cano. That’s awesome.

  • Salty Buggah

    Cutler’s going to be booed louder than A-rod at Fenway.

    • Joey

      Well there’s probably 30-40,000 more people at the football game, so yea

    • Billy

      the person that really should be booed is josh mcdaniels. how do you give up a great young quarterback like that for kyle orton?

      • Chris

        You realize Kyle Orton is 22-11 as a starter?

        • Billy

          so kyle orton is better than jay cutler? got ya

          • Chris

            Certainly he doesn’t have the physical tools, but that has rarely been the key ingredient in identifying good quarterbacks. We’ll see what happens this year, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Broncos win more games than the Bears.

            Also, the trade wasn’t Cutler for Orton. The trade was Cutler for Orton + 2 1st round picks. I’m fairly certain that Orton + 2 picks is better than Cutler.

            • Billy

              the broncos wont win more games than the bears because their defense is shit and their offense wont be the same with marshall suspended and orton as the QB instead of cutler. chicago now has a good offense with cutler and forte and their defense has always been great.

              • Steve H

                Cutler has had that built in excuse going back to college. Let me know when he does anything to win his team a game.

                • Zack

                  If excuse means fact, then yes he has an excuse.

                  Big Ben won twice with a crap defense
                  Eli won with a crap defense
                  Brady won with a crap defenses

                  wait, no- they won with top defenses

              • Chris

                The Bears defense was average last year, and has gotten worse every year since 2005. What makes you think they will suddenly reverse that trend?

                Kyle Orton doesn’t have the sexy numbers because he was never asked to throw a lot, but he’s a solid QB.

                • Steve H

                  And maybe Kyle Orton would have some sexy #’s if he ever had a WR core worth throwing to.

    • Zack

      they should boo josh mcdaniels too

      • Salty Buggah

        Yes, but Im willing to give him 2 years max to do something good. Cutler has hurt his situation because of his dumb comments and the way he acted when he was here in the last month. Brandon Marshall is heading down that same road.

        • Zack

          They all acted dumb, but McDaniels also had a Pro Bowl QB/WR combo for the next 7+ years and he contributed to messing that up. Oh well, we’ll see if McDaniels can be the first Belichick coach to succeed

          • Steve H

            Cutler has a 28-54 record since he left high school, so regardless of defense, running game, etc, etc, etc, he hasn’t been a difference maker. Drew Bledsoe went 5-13 in his last 18 games with the Pats. It took Brady, with similar teammates, over 2 full seasons to lose that many games.

            • Zack

              He played at Vanderbelt? Vince Young won the national championship, so that means hes better than Cutler? No because football is a team game. Carson Palmer has a crappy record in Cincinnati- is that his fault?

              Where did I ever compare him to Brady? Brady is a once in a decade player- that the Pats were lucky to get, and I dont want to hear that ‘oh we picked him in the 6th round and knew he was special’

              2003 Patriots gave up 14.9 pts/g (1st in league) won SB
              2004 Patriots gave up 16.2 pts/g (2nd in league) won SB
              2007 Patriots gave up 17.1 pts/g (4th in league) were 18-0

              2008 Broncos gave up 28 pts/g (30th in league), but that’s Cutler’s fault in his 2nd full season.

              • Steve H

                Why doesn’t Cutler make the players around him better?

                Jay Cutler=Jeff George

                • Zack

                  Because their defense sucks?

                  Did Eli make Tuck, Osi, Strahan & Co a good defense, or were they a good defense regardless who was at QB?

              • Chris

                FWIW, the Bears scored 23.4 PPG last year (14th) with Orton and the Broncos scored 23.1 PPG (16th) with Cutler. If Cutler is such a good QB, why were Broncos outscored by the Bears?

                • Zack

                  Did Orton have his top 5 RBs go on IR throughout the season?

                • Steve H

                  No. But he had a cornerback as his #1 receiver. Cutler had way more weapons at his disposal than Orton did.

          • Steve H

            Oh, and with regards to Brandon Marshall, Terry Glenn was by far the most talented WR on the Pats team in 2001. Despite that, Belichick sent him home and went on to win it all without him. Brandon Marshall won’t win you a Super Bowl, and losing him won’t cost you one.

            • Zack

              Do the Giants beat the Patriots without Plaxico?

              • Steve H

                They beat the Pats because their D-line dominated the Pats O-line.

                • Zack

                  That wasnt the question.
                  You made the point about Glenn/Marshall wont win you a super bowl, you can plug anyone in an win right? You replace Plax with Hixon or whoever else they had in reserve and they do not win that game.

                • Steve H

                  Well you can do that without about 10 players. Was Plax the difference maker in that game? No, he wasn’t.

                • Zack

                  ‘Well you can do that without about 10 players’
                  You’re the one who brought it up, that a top WR won win you a Super Bowl. I’m just going by what you said.

                  Game winning TD, defense focusing on him all game- you put Hixon/whoever there and the Giants do not win.

              • Steve H

                Do the Pats beat the Rams with Terry Glenn? No, they never would have made it that far with a dick like that on the team.

                • Zack

                  Right because Plax was such a stand up guy. Except for getting fined 50 times a year, not being on time, never showing up to any video sessions (according to steve smith).

  • Jeffrey

    From what I see from the White Sox and Twins they don’t have enough to catch the Tigers unless something unexpected happens.

    • Billy

      that devision is garbage, and i hope the twins dont win another game this season so jeter or tex can win the mvp.

      • Salty Buggah

        If not Mauer, I say Jeter, no way for Tex unless he goes on an absolute tear, like A-rod April 2007 type tear.

        • Billy

          i dont get why you say no way tex. he has played great defense at first and has been a force offensively since his early season vacation. mauer doesnt really deserve it in my mind unless the twins make the playoffs, which probably wont happen. either jeter or texeira should win it because they play on the best team in baseball and both are having great all around seasons. it would be a shame if mauer won it.

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

            mauer doesnt really deserve it in my mind unless the twins make the playoffs

            That’s unfair, because you’re penalizing him for the other 24 players on his team.

            • Salty Buggah

              Exactly, and if he doesn’t somehow get it, I would like to have Jeter get it.

            • Billy

              the yankees are so much better of a team then the twins. theyre the best team in baseball. that has to put jeter or tex ahead of mauer

              • Salty Buggah

                No, because again that penalizes Mauer for mostly sucky teammates. Put Mauer in the Yanks lineup and take Tex out, I guarantee we’ll be better. Not to take anything away from Tex because he’s been great but Mauer has been better.

              • Zack

                how?

                if two players have similar numbers then i tend to give it to the guy who led his team to the playoffs, but when a player has ridiculous numbers and no one is even close, then he should definately get it

                • Billy

                  i disagree, but whatever. it would be a shame for jeter to get robbed of the mvp twice by members of the same shitty team. morneau definately didnt deserve it in 2006, and i dont think mauer deserves it this year. jeter was also robbed in 1999, which was his best year. pudge, who was on steroids, didnt deserve it that year. jeter gets robbed of the mvp twice, and then pedroia wins it with less than mvp numbers

                • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                  Dont forget the intangibles!

              • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

                It has never really worked this way and it’s beginning to get more ridiculous than the dingers fallacy.

                What Yankee won the MVP in 1998?

                • Billy

                  bernie should have won it in ’98

            • JGS

              yes, you are penalizing him for having crappy teammates, but what is the “most valuable player”?

              when A-rod in Texas (or Bonds) put up spectacular seasons, they were clearly the best offensive players in their league, but they weren’t MVPs because with them the team was in last and without them…the team would still have been in last. That is why guys having great years that turn their team’s seasons from good to great are considered more valuable than a player who puts up superior numbers but doesn’t

              plus, since the all-star break Jeter is outhitting Mauer anyway. player of the month mayhaps?

              • JGS

                when I say “they weren’t MVPs” I mean in my mind–clearly they were, because they won the awards, proving that writers do not agree with me

                • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

                  And in a nutshell, this is why naming the award the MVP is dumb.

      • Jeffrey

        I agree. Its probably the worst division in baseball right now. There should be a rule that states a team can’t win a division or wild card unless they have a winning record.

        • pete

          i actually agree with this. take the best records not in the playoffs if any playoff teams are sub .500

  • JobaJr

    So how many innings will Joba go in his next “start”?

    • chriskeo

      Your guess is as good as mine, hopefully 5 though

      • Mike bk

        my guess more like 4 the next time or 2, building to 5-6 to close the year.

        • Jersey

          I think we’re likely to see 3-inning starts for the duration. The point isn’t to “build up” to 6 but to cap his innings. 6-inning starts won’t do that.

          • steve (different one)

            but Girardi said otherwise today.

            they are going to build him back up at the end of the year.

            • pete

              yeah for the playoffs that makes sense. i don’t expect them to push it though. my guess is he’ll get to halfway through september before they let him even go 5

  • Salty Buggah

    Those SLG stats are missing 2 stolen HRs, one by Carlos Gomez (the potential GS) and the other by the wind.

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    It will be an interesting rest of the season.

  • Tom Zig

    Thanks Mike for posting what A-rod has been doing recently. Some people just don’t understand. By the way how do you get those stats on b-ref? I can’t seem to figure it out

    • Jersey

      Do it through the player’s gamelog. You can highlight any particular stretch of time and it’ll automatically spit out the totals.

      • Tom Zig

        awesome thanks

        Jeter since june 24

        .369 .424 .512 .936

        sweeeeeetttt

        • Salty Buggah

          SO basically, Jeter, A-rod, and Tex have been the leaders of the offense since that time (which is saying something because our offense is the bomb). I said this earlier, every writer is saying how Jeter is always on base and it actually seems like it. A-rod is getting on at a higher rate, which is freakish.

          • Salty Buggah

            Wow, as Mike posted above, Cano has out produced Tex at the plate since that time.

            • Zack

              imagine how much better Cano numbers would be this year if he could hit with RISP

              • pete

                probably in the .350/.385/.550 range w/ about 105 rbis and maybe another hr or two…and his defense would somehow be better too…he would be the mvp

              • Jeffrey

                Cano’s BABIP with RISP is .212. Maybe its more like bad luck. Lets looks at the numbers for all the other Yankee regulars.

                BABIP w/RISP
                Posada .313
                Teixeira .321
                Jeter .337
                Rodriguez .282
                Damon .361
                Cabrera .250
                Swisher .301
                Matsui .284

        • JGS

          Joe Mauer since June 24th

          .351/.419/.542/.961

          that isn’t nearly enough to make Mauer the favorite

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

            Good thing it’s not a Post-July 24th MVP then. He’s hitting .371-.439-.614 this year. He’s a catcher. He’s superb defensively.

            He leads the AL in AVG (by 8 pts), OBP (by 18 pts), SLG (by 15 pts), and OPS (by 70 pts). The MVP was made for guys like this.

            • Steve H

              There aren’t even MVP candidates this year. There is Joe Mauer, and then everyone else can get in line to claim 4th place, because Mauer deserves 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

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

      Yeah, what Jersey said. I adding in A-Rod’s stats from today manually.

  • Mike bk

    tampa yanks won the 2nd half crown today. time for the SI yanks to chase down the cyclones.

    • Billy

      is their a wild card for the short season playoffs? i think SI would win the wild card if there is one. im looking foward to seeing what mack and medchill can do in high A next year

      • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

        Yes there is, there are three divisions in the NYPL and one wild card. SI Yankees are probably the WC this year. They do best of three series so it means like nothing, but hey.

        I sent in my playoff ticket invoice last week :)

  • Salty Buggah

    I hope the beat writers read this.

    Doesn’t A-rod have a 9-game hitting streak going?

    • Mike bk

      yes he does.

      • Zack

        and hes batting something like .450 over that span

  • JM

    I’m going to repost my repentance for shooting down A-Rod earlier this year:
    “I’m not sure who saw this or whatever, but I made a comment in late February about me not liking A-Rod and that I never would forgive him for admitting to PED use. I am beginning to appreciate A-Rod so much more now and, at least to me, he has had a total personality change. Not to mention, not as many distractions outside of the clubhouse. I apologize to everyone for my stupidity and to A-Rod for me downing him since 2004.”

  • Dela G

    Mike, i’ve been with you on the a-rod being on fire thing the whole time.

    I think people just see overall BA and throw their hands up in disgust

    • Salty Buggah

      The Nick Swisher hate being a great example.

      • Billy

        there would be less nick swisher hate if he made a positive impact defensively to compensate for his low batting average. he has too many errors for an outfielder (6 i think), and his number of outfield assists (2) is way too low for a right fielder. it is definately not good for an outfielder to have more errors than assists.

        • Zack

          he has a 0.4 UZR rating, i can live with that. he’s never had a great arm so its not going to magically increase.
          And errors are meaningless, Jason Bay has 0 errors- but he still sucks defensively

          • Billy

            i dont think bay sucks defensively. he has a good arm and is an above average defender in fenway. and saying that nick swisher’s errors dont matter and the fact that he has more of them than assists doesnt matter is being an apologist. nick swisher may have a positive UZR, but mark texeira has a negative UZR, and texeira is in another world defensively than swisher. that shows you how useless UZR is. i hate that stat and i hate when people try to say that swisher is a good outfielder. he just isnt. he’s average at best.

            • Zack

              “i dont think bay sucks defensively”

              no point of even trying to discuss this with you after that statement

              • Billy

                he’s better than swisher easily

                • steve (different one)

                  based on…?

                • Billy

                  bay is a good defender in fenway, his arm is good for left and he plays the ball of the monster well. swisher isnt a good defender in any ballpark. he gets bad reads and has a shitty arm. that’s why bay is better

                • Tom Zig

                  Manny Ramirez played the monster well and had a good arm for left…does that make him a good defender?

                • Billy

                  in fenway he was a good defender, but bay is better than manny overall

                • Tom Zig

                  overall including offense? no way. Defensively? yeah probably.

                • Billy

                  i meant defensively

            • steve (different one)

              he just isnt. he’s average at best.

              but that’s what his UZR says he is, average.

              what’s the argument?

              but you do make one good point, a lot of errors for an OFer isn’t really “meaningless” like it is for say, a SS….

              • Billy

                but some people on this site argue that swisher is good defensively, which is better than average. that’s what i’m arguing agaisnt

                • Tom Zig

                  Nothing wrong with having average fielders out there if they are replacing horribly horribly below average fielders.

                  FWIW

                  Swisher – 2.4 WAR
                  Abreu – 2.5 WAR

                • Steve H

                  FWIW

                  Bay – 2.0 WAR

                  Jason Bay is a terrible, terrible fielder. And his arm is horrendous.

        • Tom Zig

          Perhaps you would like Bobby Abreu and his -7.0 UZR/150 for this year or how about last year when he had a -25.3

          Two and a half wins he cost us on defense alone. He also only had 2 errors last year.

          • Billy

            i never said i wanted abreu. abreu is probably the worst right fielder in baseball. even swisher is better than him

          • Drew

            My 2 cents:
            Abreu’s defense is no bueno.
            His offense is underrated.

            • Tom Zig

              his defense was so bad last year that it outweighed his offense.

              • Billy

                and abreu isnt really a number 3 hitter, more like a 2 hitter

                • Tom Zig

                  Meh I dunno about that. In our line up right now he’d be like a # 5 or 6 hitter

                • Billy

                  no way he’s a five hitter over matsui. not enough power. i could see 6, but i mean in most lineups abreu is 2.

                • Tom Zig

                  His SLG% has dropped 40 points from last year, but he is still an on-base machine.

                • John Duci

                  If Abreu was in our lineup I think he would be the 3 hitter followed by A-god and Tex

  • Billy

    nova had another poor start today. its gonna be interesting who gets called up in september. i hope to god we dont see ransom again, unless he’s playing against the yankees.

    • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

      I think the guy is tiring. He’s getting close to this total from last year’s inning.

    • Jeffrey

      I don’t think Ransom is on the 40-man roster anymore.

      • Billy

        good. he shouldnt be on any 40-man roster in baseball

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    Did you know that 5 teams have spent more money on the MLB draft over the last 3 years(Not including 09 since finaly money stats aren’t available or I just can’t find them).

  • Sean

    does brett gardner’s injury mean he cant play in the playoffs

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

      No, he’s eligible for the postseason because he was on the roster before Sept. 1st. He’s just on the DL, that doesn’t change anything.

      • Tom Zig

        Pena isn’t eligible though is he?

        • E-ROC

          He is, for the same reason.

        • Jersey

          I would think he’s eligible for the same reason Gardner is, right?

          • Jersey

            Odd, E-Roc’s response didn’t show up for me initially…?

        • Chris

          The Yankees can replace any player on the 60 day DL with another player from the 40-man roster, even if they are not on the active roster on 9/1. So Wang and Nady give the team some flexibility in their playoff roster.

    • pete

      no, he was on the roster earlier in the year for most of the year. remember sheff in ’06

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Yankees resign Damon.

    Arod starts year recovered from second surgery.

    Tex wins triple crown.

    MLB institutes salary cap.

    I called it first!

    • Tom Zig

      Salary cap can’t come yet. CBA expires in 2011

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        Salary cap will be after the season…so the timing is perfect.

        • Tom Zig

          no I don’t think they can institute it until the next CBA.

    • pete

      tex could never hit for a high enough BA to win the triple crown

  • Billy

    for what it’s worth, ajax isnt playing in the second game of the double header

  • Drew

    Equal to what Miggy is doing this year, eh? So you’re saying he is a first baseman!!?

  • texburnathia

    Why isn’t Cano batting in the 5 spot? Matsui has been good all year but there is no doubt that Cano is better overall

    • steve (different one)

      really, why is there no doubt?

      also, isn’t what they are doing working?

    • JGS

      probably the .200 with RISP

    • Riddering

      He was batting fifth earlier in the year and it was ugly.

      Remember when Girardi kept him there for such a long period even after the RISP demons were readily evident? Those days seem so far away.

      /relieved

  • Drew

    Mike, do you know anything about the prospects the Rays got in the Kaz deal? Do you think it was a steal considering Kaz’s age/service time?

  • Salty Buggah

    I had so much hope for the Denver offense. We had a pro-bowl QB and WR in Cutler and Marshall. We have an elite offensive line. We had a very good 2nd WR in Royal and one of the best slot receiver in Stokley. We had some good RBs and an awesome FB in Hillis and Shanahan’s system. We have one of the best recieving TEs in Scheffler and one of the best blocking TEs in Graham. This offense was as exciting to watch like how the Yanks offense is.

    :sigh:

    • Salty Buggah

      I think Royal, Clady, and Hillis are probably my favorite Broncos right now.

      I liked how the cameras were shaking because of the boos to Cutler and how some fans are wearing diapers and pacifiers while wearing shirt that call him a baby.

      And I hope Eddie Royal is OK.

    • E-ROC

      And don’t forget, Kyle Orton is your quarterback.

      • Salty Buggah

        Yea I know. Ugh.

        Oh what could have been.

        • E-ROC

          I’m just giving you a hard time. I think ya’ll should be fine, provided Marshall returns to his senses. Even though Orton is a step down from Cutler, Denver has a lot of weapons that can help cover up his weaknesses. I think the defense will be better than last year. .500 ain’t bad, no?

          • Salty Buggah

            meh its ok but still orton stinks

    • Zack

      I’m not watching it but I see Cutler is 7 for 9 already ;)

  • Riddering

    That line of A-Rod’s makes me feel warm all over. He’s the last guy you expect to be putting together quality numbers under the radar. Just goes to show how nice this season has been.

  • Billy

    i hope no one tries to argue that swisher is a GOOD defender again

    • Salty Buggah

      Really? Why? His UZR has improved to go in the positive side now too.

      • Billy

        ugh. UZR doesnt mean shit if mark texeira’s is negative. you cant have it both ways. you cant argue someone is a good defender based on a positive UZR if the best defender at his position has a negative UZR. and besides, UZR says swisher is average, not good.

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

          So you disagree with one data point of UZR (Tex) and renders the stat completely invalid? That seems pretty shortsighted, no?

          • Tom Zig

            Hey Mike, have any of you guys done a post explaining how UZR works?

        • Tom Zig

          I don’t think UZR includes stuff like scooping the ball out of the dirt or catching way-ward throws from other people. Or throwing to other bases.

          Teix’s UZR is -0.4. Which is ever so slightly below average. It isn’t saying he is bad. It just says he doesn’t have as much range this year.

        • Salty Buggah

          to be honest with you Tex really only has average range at 1st. He is good at picking up hotshots but otherwise he doesnt have the best lateral range which is what UZR measures

          • Steve H

            His career UZR is great though, and his UZR was phenomenal last year. UZR is flawed when it comes judging a 1b’s defense, there’s so much more than range that goes into it.

            • Salty Buggah

              Agreed about the last sentence. However looking at his UZR, its decent but it wasnt that good until last year.

    • Tom Zig

      Technically he is above average. He is “good” in comparison to that adventure we had last year.

      • Billy

        no, technically he is average, probably below average. and just because we had the worst right fielder in baseball last year doesnt make swisher good. it makes him better than abreu.

        • Tom Zig

          anything above 0 is above average. So yes Swisher is above average. I said he is “good” in comparison to Abreu.

    • 27 this year

      UZR is far better to judge an outfielder than a 1st baseman. The most important thing for an outfielder is his range and UZR is exactly that. Swisher’s arm is irrelevant and Bay is only good in Fenway because he doesn’t have to move for anything behind him because it’ll just hit the wall and come back. Swisher is a better fielder than Bay. 1st baseman have far more aspects in their game. Tex can throw, pick it, and has good instincts at first. Range isn’t so important as it is in the outfield.

  • Accent Shallow

    Most likely to have an impact on the Yankees MLB roster:

    Brackman
    Betances
    Garcia
    Heredia
    Pope

    • Accent Shallow

      As in “Which one of these guys is most likely to make us say ‘Boy, I’m sure glad he’s on the team.’”

      • JGS

        Pope, just so we can have Jesus and Pope on the same roster

        • Johan Iz My Brohan

          but then we would have to bring back ‘Angel’ Berroa…

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

      Heredia

  • Tom Zig

    Any chance we see Mark DeRosa in Pinstripes next year?

    • Mike Pop

      Where’s the need? Plus he might be able to get more of a chance to play elsewhere.

      • Tom Zig

        hmmm I thought he played CF at one point or another, but he hasn’t.

        So you are right, we have no place for him.

        • Mike Pop

          You still my boy, Zig.

          • Tom Zig

            Thanks, Pop. I’ll always back you when lobbying to sign a pitcher who has electric stuff and has two initials for a first name.

  • http://thechuckknoblog.com TheChuckKnoblog

    What is on the top of Blanton’s hat? It’s like a black smudge he keeps rubbing.

    I declare shenanigans!

    • Drew

      just “dirt”

    • Steve H

      IETC.

  • Ivan

    NFL Predictions anybody?

    AFC East: Pats
    North: Begals
    South: Colts
    West: Chargers

    WC: Steelers, Jags

    NFC East: Eagles
    North: Vikes
    South: Falcons
    West: Seahawks

    WC: Giants, Bears.

    • Zack

      +1 for giving my Bengals the North

    • Mike Pop

      Bengals?

      • Ivan

        I think the Bengals have a puncher’s chance. Steelers would take a step back althought they will be good and I just feel that the Bengals talent wise is just as good as the Ravens. I also feel Palmer is really gonna have a huge year especially if Henry harness that potential.

        • Mike Pop

          Meh, I think they can be good, but might still be the 3rd best team in that division.

          You’re missing the key team too, Dallas.

          • Ivan

            Dallas is good no question but that divison is loaded and somebody has to be out. I was comtemplating the Boys” over the Jinx but I pick the Jinx cuz I like the RB tandon and I think Osi being healthy would be huge.

            • Mike Pop

              Too bad that the Cowboys didn’t sign Mike Vick or Travis Henry.

              Getting Kosier back is going to be huge imo. Roy Will is going to take over the number 1 spot, hopefully he can stay healthy and heel-pain free ;)

              MB3, Felix, and T-Choice. Hopefully they run the ball more and now in their passing game, Romo can focus on getting the ball to anyone instead of keeping TO’s ego up. I am looking forward to seeing what Miles Austin can do in a whole season. One of my favorite Cowboys.

              I bolded Felix, because he’s just the fu**in man.

              • Ivan

                Hey Anybody can win that division cuz the teams are so good. I still think the Eagles win the division not because im a Eagles fan, but I think offensively this team has a chance to be really good. Jackson is on his way to be top notch WR, Westbrook is healthy. Like the RB they drafted in the 2nd round, and Maclin has the potential to be a devastating weapon.

                • Mike Pop

                  Agreed on all points except you being a fan of the iggles…. Ewww :(

    • John Duci

      Jets taking the AFC east

      • Steve H

        1st or last?

      • Ivan

        The only way the Jets r gonna win the AFC East is unless Tom Brady anounces his retirement and decides to hang em up. Until then, it’s the Pats division to lose.

      • VO

        Hell yea

    • Drew

      Skins makin’ moves baby.

    • Januz

      Lets get real: Seattle winning the West, and the Bungles (Opps Bengals) beating my Steelers and the Ravens out for the division title? I have a better chance dating Jordana Brewster or Mia Kunis than those things occuring.

      • Mike Pop

        matt hasselbeck is a fantasy sleeper though.

        • Steve H

          Yup, as long as he’s healthy.

      • Ivan

        I did say the Bengals have a puncher’s chance. Nevertheless, Seattle has a legit shot of winning the division. The rams stink and the 49ers aren’t good, so that leaves the Cardnals who r the perfect team in concern of falling off a cliff after the SB. Remember the Cards were not that good of a football team last year.

  • Januz

    Interesting article on MLB Trade Rumors about the Mutts cancelling their fall instructional league, to save about $300,000. http://www.mlbtraderumors.com. This team runs a close second to the Blue Jays as quitters. I could see the Islanders and Knicks as playoff teams before the Mets.

    • Drew

      That’s pretty pathetic.

      • Mike Pop

        Tavares is the 2nd coming of Gretzky baby!!!!!!

        • Drew

          With these kind of prospects:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded

          Who needs damn instructional leagues?

          • Scooter

            That’s genius

            The Mets cancelled their instructional league?

            Wow is all I can say. If the Wilpons want to save money in the long run, spend in the draft, spend on international free agents, and cut back spending at the major league level.

            How do the Mets NOT imitate the Yankees and Sox and draft signability guys?

    • Zack

      ‘our farm systems sucks with an instructional league, how bad can it be without it?’

      • Mike Pop

        Haha

    • Accent Shallow

      I don’t understand how parents can raise their children as Mets’ fans — it’s tantamount to child abuse. If they don’t want them to be Yankee fans, they could at least raise them as baseball agnostics.

      • Drew

        In a way, it’s a shame they are this bad. I’d much rather them lose in the last week of the season. I mean, I rip some of my buddies and at some point, I honestly feel bad.

  • Januz

    I would be shocked if by the 2011 season the Mets are not sold. Stuff like the rumors of the Wilpon’s losing $700m in the Madoff scandal, the Mets cutting back from their ALREADY skimpy draft and international signings, the mortgage payments on Citi Field, the decline in attendance (Just wait til next year, when Citi Field looks like a Pirate home game), keeping Omar and Manuel (Instead of PAYING another GM and manager). All add up to a team being prepared to be sold.

    • Mike Pop

      Ya, been real tough for their fans this past 3 years.

      I think they would be in the thick of things without all their 78 mill on the DL this year. Would be nice if they had another pitcher or 3.

    • Tom Zig

      If I bought that organization the first thing I do is ask Archbishop Dolan to come over and perform an exorcism.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        There’s nothing supernatural going on there. The injuries are mostly a result of COLOSSAL front office incompetence.

        All March, April and May, the Mets front office was telling everyone that the team was too soft, that the Phillies are ‘tough’ and ‘gritty’ and ‘gutty’ and that the Mets needed a get-tough attitude. Francesa went on the air daily parroting this line of thinking. Tony Bernazard was a close confidant of Omar and we all know about his antics.

        What happened? Guys got hurt, tried to come back too fast and/or play through injuries and everything got much, much worse. Beltran himself was FURIOUS at how the Mets handled his injury, thinking it almost cost him his career.

        No accident, it was the result of a front office filled with a lot of bad ideas.

        • Mike Pop

          Thank Mo for the Yankees.

        • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

          Aaron Boone back before Reyes. Enough said.

          • PinstripesForeverDouglas

            LOL :) Hope Aaron makes a prolong and successful comeback.

  • Joba or Hughes to the pen

    Who cares about A-Rod.Mark Texira is the MVP of this team not A-Rod or Jeter and he’s bloop singles..

    And Texeria is giving us a great year without taking steroids unlike A-Rod who we know took steroids in 2007 he’s best year.Stop kissing the @$$ of the most overrated players of the this team.

    • Mike Pop

      Mmmm, I just burned my tongue.

      • Tom Zig

        Let’s play a game…

        How many applicable memes can we fit on here?

        • Salty Buggah

          Oaktag

    • Drew

      First rule of fight club:
      Spell Teixeira right.

      • mtt

        Or at least settle on one incorrect spelling.

    • Zack

      Pettitte cheated too, I hope I never see you making any posts kissing his ass

    • Steve H

      With a screen-name like that, I must take you and your knowledge of baseball seriously.

    • Tom Zig

      I originally read the post without looking at who posted and was thinking, “gee this guy does a good job at sarcasm and playing the part of some crazy posters I’ve seen around these parts”…until I read who the poster was and realized that he was serious.

      Come on man, you’re better than that. That is the type of comments I expect to see on the NYPost website. That’s below even ESPN standards.

    • Pasqua

      Considering the comment and the screen name, I don’t think you’re going to do very well here.

  • Dela G

    man kyle orton sucks

    • Salty Buggah

      Yea he stinks. All he is getting is those weak screen passes and weak lobs. He can’t thrown down the field or even get mid range passes. I actually think Tom Brandstater, our 6th rd pick this year, might be better. He has all the physical tools and not sure about anything else but thais probably better than Orton..

      • Mike Pop

        Rex grossman! Sign him! Trade for rosenfels or tjack!

  • Drew

    I don’t feel like looking through the comments but someone said Teix could never compete for the Trip crown because of his average.

    This could not be more wronger.

    He’s a career .249 hitter in April, if he ever comes out smokin’, he’s got a shot to hit .320+.

    • Salty Buggah

      OK, yea but he is a career .285 hitter. April counts too. Even if he comes out smokin, I think it will balance out. Besides, if he does hit .320 (which would be be great), it probably wont be enough for the BA title. A-rod has a way better chance.

      And “more wronger?” ;)

      • Mike Pop

        Mauer and Ichiro.

      • Drew

        Ha, it’s a King of Queens quote.

        Yeah, it probably will balance out but he did hit .360 in 1/3 of the season for LA last year. Al is the best player in the world IMO. I agree he has the best shot of anyone on the roster but I feel Teix could do it too.

  • Salty Buggah

    David Adams: 1 for 3, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP – threw homers in his last six games

    Dayum, what an arm! Does he throw into the OF stands after making the out or something?

    • Salty Buggah

      wrong thread whoops

      • VO

        DFA’d

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Please don’t post that again.

        • Salty Buggah

          too late ;)

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Did you all miss me?

    • VO

      You were gone?

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        OICWUDT

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Yeah Buddy, where you been?

    • Drew

      No.
      You’re very predictable these days. “Melky sucks Swisher rules.”

      I keed!! heh

  • Bill in Boston

    What does the IETC acronym mean? Can’t find it on google. TIA (I know that one)

    sorry for the dumb question

    • VO

      I enjoyed this comment.

      • Bill in Boston

        ahh makes sense.. thanks

  • Drew

    God Kruk is a fat idiot.

    “The Yankees have wasted the first three years of his[Jober] career.”

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

      If this ridiculous obsession with John Kruk doesn’t stop, we might have to add it to the commenting guidelines. Again, I repeat, WHO CARES WHAT JOHN KRUK HAS TO SAY?

      He isn’t on the Yankees. He isn’t managing the Yankees. He isn’t the General Manager of the Yankees. He doesn’t own the Yankees. He has no say in the day-to-day life of the Yankees. He’s some idiot talking head on ESPN entitled to his own opinions, and I don’t care what he to say. Enough.

      • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

        I blame Eduardo Perez.

      • Drew

        Man, it was on the open of Sportscenter. I have a hard time ignoring it. Of all the ridiculous things Kruk has said, that may take the cake. I wouldn’t call it an obsession. If we’re not allowed to defend the Yanks from sportswriters, analysts “talking heads,” etc… on RAB, where can we?

      • Greg G.

        Whoa, Ben…no disrespect here, but this is an Open Thread. Perhaps you’re overreacting a little?

        • Mike Pop

          Agreed. It’s like not being able to talk about the NFL draft as it was happening in a game thread. No disrespect, just sayin’.

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

            Every thread about Joba is turning into a “but John Kruk said this” thread. That’s all. I’m venting. Carry on.

            • Drew

              Eh, taking it out on me for citing a fatuous comment by an “analyst” isn’t very constructive. I understand we all vent but jeez…

  • Drew

    Haa ESPN with a “Who will make that catch” segment on the Mets regarding some pop-ups in their game today. It was pretty funny.

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