Resting the starting pitchers

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Chad Gaudin kinda, sorta, got the job done last night. He didn’t escape the 5th inning and threw a few too many pitchers, but he held the A’s to just one hit. As Sergio Mitre has done, he gave the team a chance to win and has earned himself another look as a starting pitcher.

At this point, you might be asking, “So what?” Gaudin is, after all, just a fill-in for a few weeks. He probably won’t be on the post-season roster and won’t pitch in many of the Yanks’ important games. Yet, Gaudin — and to a lesser extent, Mitre — could have a significant impact on the Yankees’ post-season success for the simple reason that they give the team options and the ability to rest everyone else.

Flashback to the second half of 2008. With the Yanks’ pitching depth on shaky ground, Andy Pettitte needed to throw every five days despite shoulder pains. The results weren’t pretty. In 13 second-half starts, Pettitte was 4-7 with a 5.35 ERA. He allowed 17 more hits than innings pitched, and opponents had a .783 OPS against the Yanks’ lefty. His second-half slide was a big reason why I advocated against re-upping Pettitte for this season.

This year, Pettitte has spun a different tale. After a first half that saw him go 4-4 with a 4.83 ERA, Pettitte has turned it on of late. He is just 1-1, but in 39.2 second-half innings, he has a 2.04 ERA and 43 strike outs. Opponents have just a .543 OPS against him after putting up a .795 mark in the first half.

In a way, Pettitte is the key to the Yanks’ post-season success. While A.J. Burnett and CC Sabathia could carry the team, having an effective Pettitte would cement the Yanks’ position as October favorites. To that end, the Yankees have to make sure that Pettitte, at 36 years of age, gets the rest he needs.

After the game last night, Pettitte said as much. “It’s huge,” Pettitte said to the beat writers of Gaudin’s start. “If you can give myself and CC and A.J. a few extra days between now and the end of the season, it’s going to pay off.”

Pettitte isn’t the only one who needs the rest. CC Sabathia has thrown nearly 500 regular season innings over the last two years and is on pace for another 238 this year. A.J. Burnett threw a career-high 221.1 innings last year and is on pace for 205 this year. We all know what the Yanks’ plans are for Joba.

If the Yankees can win a pair of games in Boston this weekend, if Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre can give them a few decent outings, the Yanks can rest Pettitte, Sabathia and Burnett. They can get the team ready for a stretch drive and playoff push that could bring us another parade. While the Yanks have a seven-game lead right now, a bigger one will give them the luxury of rest. Getting to that point may start with Boston this weekend, but Gaudin will have a role to play yet on this team.

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

    With that in mind, should we still consider adding one more starter?

    Jon Garland, maybe, who cleared waivers and can be dealt to anyone? If it costs nothing but a minor PTBNL, like Gaudin did?

    Don’t get me wrong, I hate Garland as much as anyone else (maybe more), but like Andy (and Ben) said, all four of our primary starters could use more rest. The only thing better than a 6 man rotation for September is a 7 man rotation.

    (Or, if you are utterly Garland averse, would you DFA Cash or Claggett to add Nova or Z-Mac, and give one of them a September start or two? Or, WDLR?)

    • Salty Buggah

      I would love another starter

    • the artist formerly known as (sic)

      In re: “Or, if you are utterly Garland averse, would you DFA Cash or Claggett to add Nova or Z-Mac, and give one of them a September start or two? Or, WDLR?)”

      Good question…who is rule v eligible after this year?

      • Thomas

        I believe Nova was Rule V eligible this season, was taken by San Diego, but couldn’t stick. I’d suspect the Yanks will add him after the season or they will probably lose him in the next Rule V draft, so adding him for a September start of two is a definite possibility.

      • jsbrendog

        you gotta protect nova cause he was taken by the padres and sent back to us…

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

        Good question…who is rule v eligible after this year?

        Nova and Kroenke, I think.

        But the Rule V thing probably isn’t a concern yet, we’ll have some spots come open after the season ends, like Matsui, Hinske, Hairston, Cash, etc., and we can dump/trade guys like Claggett, Edwar, etc.

        We’ll make spots for whomever we need.

        • the artist formerly known as (sic)

          Right…I was really asking to get an idea for the most probable outcome is in the offseason. i.e. if they’re planning on adding Nova and Kroenke in the offseason to protect them, then they might consider adding them now to get a start out of them.

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

            True.

        • CRAIG

          WITH ALL THIS TALK ABOUT ADDING A PITCHER, THE SWB YANKS HAVE A LEFTY, ZACH KROENKE. HES 7-1 1.34 ERA AND A 1.13 WHIP. WHYA RE WE EWVEN TALKING ABOUT JON GARLAND AND CHAD GAUDIN ETC.
          COMMENTS???

          • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Dude, are you Zach Kroenke’s mom or something?

            Also – You’re breaking 2 rules with your comments (no all-caps and no duplicate comments).

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

              I just hope CRAIG doesn’t get banned before he answers my question.

              http://riveraveblues.com/2009/08/resting-the-starting-pitchers-16155/#comment-541887

              • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                HIS LEFTINESS AND 7-1 RECORD MEAN ROSTER GUIDELINES ARE INAPPLICABLE TO HIM.

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

                  Had you also capitalized your name, it would have been the icing on the cake.

                • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Haha seriously, I looked at his comments again after I posted this one and was like “goat-fucker, I should have capitalized my name.” That’s the best part, and I missed it. I’m cracking up at you calling me out on that detail, nice work.

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

                  A few typos wouldn’t have hurt either, but I shouldn’t get greedy.

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

                  “goat-fucker, I should have capitalized my name.”

                  Coop: Hey, pigfucker, can I call you pigfucker?
                  Reemer: No, only my friends can call me pigfucker.

                • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Gotta love the cojones on a guy who makes fun of quoting A Night at the Roxbury while busting out Baseketball references left and right.

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

                  Basketball at least had one or two funny moments in it.

                  A Night at the Roxbury was horrid. As was everything Chris Kattan has ever been a part of.

                • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  “A Night at the Roxbury was horrid. As was everything* Chris Kattan has ever been a part of.”

                  *ATHF Colon Movie Film for Theaters excepted.

                  (Kattan certainly sucks. But, to be fair, Roxbury did have Will Ferrell and Dan Hedaya. It was terrible, but I think it’s firmly in the Baseketball level of shitty movies with some kitschy redeeming value.)

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

                  Okay, okay. Uncle.

                  FWIW, I think the pigfucker line is the only one from Baseketball I drop. No, wait, there’s also

                  “You think you’re excited… FEEL THESE NIPPLES!”
                  -Bob Costas

                  Other than those two, the movie can be thrown in the trash.

                • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Justice for Roxbury. My day is complete.

                  That Costas line… Funny and vomit-inducing…

                  (Shudders)

          • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

            You already said that and people commented on it. Why post it again?

      • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

        Zach MAc was drafted out of HS in 2006, so 2007-2010 he should be ineligible, right?

    • Makavelli

      Why wouldn’t we have tried to get Padilla? Isn’t he better than Garland? And he’s used to pitching inside a band-box lol

      • JMK

        I think it’s because he’s hated more than Ray Caruth, Michael Vick and Hitler combined.

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

          Vicente Padilla stabbed a guy.

          • Thomas

            He assumed it would make him as popular as Ray Lewis.

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

              You mean the Ray Lewis who did NOT stab a guy?

              Thanks, copy that.

              Ray Lewis did NOT stab a guy. I just wanted to say that again to make sure every one heard it.

              • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

                But Ugueth Urbina did.

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

                  Technically, no, he did not.

                • JMK

                  I believe Urbina attempted to slice them up with a machete and then pour gasoline on them. I’m not sure what’s worse for his son: His father committing such an act and being in a Venezuelan prison, or being drafted by the Mets.

                • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

                  Close enough, though.

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

                  Exactly. All the news reports regarding the Urbina incident say that he and his posse “attempted to injure” or “attacked” the victims with machetes.

                  The word noticeably absent from all the Urbina coverage is “stabbed”. I am left to conclude that nobody was actually stabbed with a machete.

                  He did pour gasoline on them though, FWIW.

                  http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9901EEDD1030F93AA15750C0A9619C8B63&scp=2&sq=Ugueth%20Urbina&st=cse

                • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

                  “The Machete” would be a great nickname for a relief pitcher.

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

                  I’d suggest that Mets fans start calling Juan Urbina “The Machete”, but he probably wouldn’t like that very much.

                • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

                  You don’t “stab” someone with a machete, you “hack” them.

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

                  Fair enough.

                  Ugueth Urbina hacked a guy?

                • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

                  Would it be close enough to say that Clay Buchholt hacked a guy’s laptop?

              • Chris V.

                Wait, didnt ray lewis stab two guys?

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

                  No.

                  Ray Lewis knew some guys that stabbed some guys. Allegedly.

                • Chris V.

                  Lewis was originally indicted for murder but cut a deal during the trial in exchange for testimony against his co defendants. So not exactly innocent, but also not guilty in the court of law.

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

                  So not exactly innocent, but also not guilty in the court of law.

                  In the court of law, there’s no such thing as “innocent”.

                  Only guilty or not guilty.

                • William B.

                  touch a nerve,huh? Sorry to inform you but there is a good chance your buddy was involved with a double murder incident. Stop defending him, tsjc

          • JMK

            With a syringe filled with swine flu.

      • the artist formerly known as (sic)

        I actually have a huge problem with Padilla. It seems that in 2007, he took my mother out for a lovely seafood dinner and then never called her again.

        If I ever see him…

    • Chris

      You don’t DFA anyone. Just move Wang and Nady to the 60 day DL (which should happen anyway on August 31). That gives you two spots you can use on Z-Mac or Nova.

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

        Nady and Wang are already on the 60-day DL. But we do have one open spot on our 40 man, so we wouldn’t need a DFA to add one of Nova or Z-Mac, but we’d need a DFA to add both.

        The 14 members of our 15-man inactive roster are:

        1 Jonathan Albaladejo
        2 Andrew Brackman
        3 Anthony Claggett
        4 Wilkins De La Rosa
        5 Michael Dunn
        6 Christian Garcia
        7 Ian Kennedy
        8 Mark Melancon
        9 Edwar Ramírez
        10 Kevin Cash
        11 Francisco Cervelli
        12 Juan Miranda
        13 Shelley Duncan
        14 Brett Gardner

        • A.D.

          According to the Yankees 40 man roster on the website they aren’t included:

          http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/team/roster_40man.jsp?c_id=nyy

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

            True, but the Yankees website lists 17 guys as being on the inactive roster, and only one of those 17 is listed as being on the 60 day (Marte), so one of those other two (Nady or Wang) has to be on the 60-day or we’ve got one extra man on the 40 man roster.

            Add up all those names. There’s 42 guys there. 23 pitchers, 4 catchers, 7 infielders, 7 outfielders, and a DH. 23+4+7+7+1 = 42 – 1 for Marte on the 60-day = 41.

            Something’s gotta give. Either Wang or Nady has to already be on the 60-day. Or both, which is what Wikipedia has.

            • Chris

              You’re right, but I thought I had counted at one point and the numbers were right with neither Wang nor Nady on the 60 day DL. It doesn’t really matter either way – with both of them on the 60day DL, it will leave one open spot that could be used. Kevin Cash is useless, so he can be DFA’d if we need another spot.

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

                Yes, but that one spot that we still have available by shifting Wang/Nady to the 60 day will be eaten up when Marte comes off the 60 day.

                Meaning I was right initially: if we want to add Nova and Z-Mac, we need to DFA two people.

                Because we have 42 guys on our 40 man, and we’ll get two exemptions for Nady and Wang. That still leaves us at 40 when you include Damaso Marte as a healthy member of the 2009 New York Yankees.

            • A.D.

              Thats what happens when you take the website at its word.

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

                Yup. Yankees.com, ESPN.com, and Wikipedia.org all say different things.

                Gotta add them all up and do it myself.

                We have 17 guys on our major league roster for 15 inactive spots.

                1 Jonathan Albaladejo
                2 Andrew Brackman
                3 Anthony Claggett
                4 Wilkins De La Rosa
                5 Michael Dunn
                6 Christian Garcia
                7 Ian Kennedy
                8 Mark Melancon
                9 Edwar Ramírez
                10 Kevin Cash
                11 Francisco Cervelli
                12 Juan Miranda
                13 Shelley Duncan
                14 Brett Gardner
                15 Damaso Marte (currently on the 60-day DL)
                16 Chien Ming Wang (on either the 15-day or 60-day)
                17 Xavier Nady (on either the 15-day or 60-day)

                Marte will be activated likely sometime in the next week or so, meaning that I can state with 95% certainty that Nady and Wang will officially be on the 60-day DL and we’ll have no open 40-man spots left by this time next week.

                • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                  that’s why bud selig hates his life.

                  …WAIT…wtf…i thought we cut Cash?

                  (no, we cut checks.)
                  (ok, so you send a check to who?)

        • Dale

          Good thing someone gave Brackman a major league deal

        • Chris

          Wang and Nady are not on the 60day DL according to yankees.com:

          http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/team/roster_40man.jsp?c_id=nyy

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

      (Or, if you are utterly Garland averse, would you DFA Cash or Claggett to add Nova or Z-Mac, and give one of them a September start or two? Or, WDLR?)

      This. Garland’s tRA+ (Stat Corner) is at 90. The dude throws soft and gets hit hard. No thank you.

  • JMK

    Maybe a stupid question but why wouldn’t The Great Gaudini make the post-season roster?

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

      Numbers crunch?

      12 man postseason staff:
      1- CC
      2- AJ
      3- Andy
      4- Joba
      5- Hughes
      6- Mo
      7- Aceves
      8- Bruney
      9- Coke
      10- Robertson
      11- __________
      12- __________

      Guys in the mix for those last two spots who could would be postseason-eligible that could conceivably beat out Gaudin and Mitre:
      Damaso Marte, Mark Melancon, Jon Albaladejo, Edwar Ramirez, Anthony Claggett

      I’d say as long as Marte makes an appearance in September and looks healthy, he has the inside track for #11. So, it’s Melancon v. Gaudin v. Albaladejo for that last spot in a September grudge match. Hottest man come October 5th gets the spot.

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

        Doesn’t Marte have to be on the roster by the 31st?

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

          No, he was on the roster back in April. That’s good enough.

        • zs190

          He might show up this upcoming series.

        • JMK

          I believe since he went on the DL the second time, the circumstance has changed and he no longer has to be on the roster by the 31st.

        • Chris

          The playoff roster is set on 9/1. Players on the major league DL at that time are eligible (as long as they’re on the 40man roster). Also, players on the 60day DL can be replaced on the post season roster by any other player that’s already on the 40man roster.

          If a player goes on the DL in September and misses the playoffs, they can be replaced by anyone on the 40man roster.

        • Rick in Boston

          No – since he’s on the 40-man roster and on the DL, he’s ok to be activated per MLB rule 40(a).

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

            And everybody who played for the team from April-August is eligible anyway. Damaso’s appearances in April before he went on the DL is enough to qualify him for postseason eligibility.

      • JMK

        I see what you’re saying and it makes sense. I could be grasping for straws here but the versatility of Gaudin allows them to use him as an emergency starter in case of injury (Hughes isn’t stretched out, Aceves might not be able to), or at least as a long reliever.

        My guess is he’ll be left off in favor of Melancon but if it came down to him and Albie, I’d definitely pick Gaudin for the reasons already listed.

      • CountryClub

        There’s a chance that Joba won’t be on the ALDS roster.

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

          A chance, but I doubt it.

      • Dale

        Edwar? Ugh. Marte? Double ug

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

          If Marte is healthy, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with him being on the postseason roster. He’s a quality lefty.

          • Makavelli

            Yes. And I loved how you left Edwar Ramirez alone on this one…lol

            RAB : Melky Cabrera :: Makavelli : Edwar Ramirez

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

              Well, I can understand people having a bad taste in their mouths from Edwar Ramirez. He doesn’t have a sustained record of dominance like Damaso Marte does.

              Hating on Damaso Marte makes much less sense. He’s been good for quite some time.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          *sigh*
          Why is Marte perceived to be God awful?

          • Makavelli

            He hasn’t done anything that useful since we got him…

            The best thing he’s done might have been landing on the DL…

            lol I kid, I kid

            • JobaWockeeZ

              IETCVM.

          • KW

            …because past performance is not indicative of future returns? especially since he hasnt thrown a ML inning since last year and has a hurt shoulder from spring and hasn’t returned from it yet nor shown consistent velocity and used up his entire 30 day rehab period without being reinstated, even though the yankees desperately need a setup man?

            • KW

              lemme rephrase: hasn’t thrown a GOOD ining since last year

      • 27 this year

        do we really need 12 pitchers for the postseason? With all the off days, you could easily only have 10 or 11 giving us more bench options.

        Molina
        Gardner
        Pena
        Hairston
        Hinske

        and the starting lineup.

      • Makavelli

        Edwar Ramirez? Ughhh…

        I’d rather have Richard Ramirez on our post season roster lol

      • gio

        Good point. I think, contrary to what Ben wrote, Gaudin has a very good chance at being on the post season roster.

  • A.D.

    Figure they could spot start WDLR come Sept, shame the other potentials on the 40 man are all out for the year…or Andrew Brackman

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

      Unless we DFA someone to let Nova or McAllister have a shot.

      *cough*anthonyclaggett*cough*

      • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

        *cough*juanmiranda*cough*

        • the artist formerly known as (sic)

          *COUGH*
          KEVIN.
          CASH.
          *COUGH*

          • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

            *COUGH*
            HE.
            WAS.
            ALREADY.
            PROPOSED.
            IN.
            A.
            COMMENT.
            ABOVE.
            BUT.
            MIRANDA.
            WAS.
            NOT.
            *COUGH*

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

              You guys cough loud. You should get that checked out.

            • the artist formerly known as (sic)

              *sniffles*

              …sorry…

              /sheds tear

      • Chris

        No need to DFA anyone. Wang and Nady go to the 60 day DL.

        • 27 this year

          Nady is already on the 60 day isn’t he?

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

            I’ve cross checked it. 100% positive now. Including injuries and DL machinations, our 40-man is currently full, any minor leaguer we add to the 40-man would require a corresponding DFA move.

            Adding Nova and ZMac means two guys get DFA’d. Period.

            • CRAIG

              The 40 man is full. Thats why you bring up Kroenke fromtriple A. Again, hes a lefty hes 7-1 w a 1.34 era.

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

                Wait, what?

                How does the 40-man being full mean that we should bring up Kroenke? I don’t follow you.

  • http://Hopjake@twitter.com Jake H

    Hopefully they can give the starters some rest here soon. A healthy playoff rotation is going to help.

  • YankFan

    I rather try one of the youngsters or even Livian Hernandez before Garland.

  • Steven

    Am I the only one that realized that Andy Pettite was 8-5 in the first half and not 4-4?

    • Makavelli

      You’re right! Get the plank ready! Ben’s gonna be walkin’ it soon!!

      And what letter comes after “Q”??

      ARRRRRRRRR!!!!!

  • Makavelli

    What about adding Mark Hendrickson? He’s cleared waivers…

    He’s cheap and somewhat effective…more-so than Livan or Judy I would think…

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

      Perhaps.

      I bet Angelos charges us an arm and a leg for him, though. He’ll probably go to the NL for a cheap prospect.

      • JMK

        You think we could acquire the rights to this guy and trade him for Hendrickson?

        http://www.aznews.us/ed_pas21.jpg (SFW)

        • Makavelli

          Where did you get that picture? I think I know him…

          • JMK

            Google search “One arm, one leg”. It was between him and the guy in the wheelchair with the crossbow, but the one I ultimately chose had sports apparel on.

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

              The fact that there’s a picture of a guy with one arm and one leg in a wheelchair… WITH A CROSSBOW is awesome.

              The only thing more humiliating than getting shot by a crossbow is getting shot by a crossbow by a guy in a wheelchair with one arm and one leg.

  • CRAIG

    WITH ALL THIS TALK ABOUT ADDING A PITCHER, THE SWB YANKS HAVE A LEFTY, ZACH KROENKE. HES 7-1 1.34 ERA AND A 1.13 WHIP. WHY ARE WE EWVEN TALKING ABOUT JON GARLAND AND CHAD GAUDIN ETC.
    COMMENTS???

    • JobaWockeeZ

      You can never have too much pitching. And turn off that caps lock, it’s against teh guidelines.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      ZACH KROENKE IS A RELIEF PITCHA!!!

      /francesa’d

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

        True. He’s made 30 appearances at Scranton this year. 28 of those 30 were in relief. His average IP/G is 2 innings.

        Good reason to add Kroenke, though: Like Joba Chamberlain and myself, he’s from Lincoln Nebraska.

    • JMK

      No need to yell.

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

    questions…

    1) Whatever happened to the cuban defector Yadel Marti? There were claims that he was mlb ready and was going to demo for teams like three fridays ago. If that demo went bad then the word should have gotten out by NOW. Maybe there is a lot of negotioating going on and that is why it is so hush hush? I mean how does RAB (and MLBTR) do features on TWO free agent pitchers and a centerfielder who are are “MLB ready” and available for contending teams for the “stretch run” and then not follow up on it? Even no news is news considering that any contending team acquiring a virtually unknown arm this late in the season has implication.

    2) Who checks the 40 man? Like what happens if there are 41 people on that list? What would mlb do? Is there someone at MLB who’s sole job is to check everyone’s 40 manand d/l lists (Including all minor league teams) every day to make sure noone is violating the rules? how often do they check? daily?

    • A.D.

      Since every move has to technically be registered with the commish office someone will check.

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

        Yup.

        The webmasters of those sites just haven’t updated them properly (or did so too soon.) Ironically, it looks like it’s the Yankees official site that’s the incorrect one, since NBC Sports says that both Nady and Wang were moved to the 60-day on July 31st.

        http://www.scoreboard.msnbc.com/msnbc/main.asp?frames=0&sport=mlb&cat=Trans&team=10

  • http://newstadiuminsider.com Ross

    I have been thinking this all year. It will also be important to rest Jeter, A-Rod and Posada for the playoff push. The bigger the lead, the more rest!

    The Yankees also have a LOT of off days in September which will help

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

      I’m hoping for a 2/3 or sweep in Boston to get that lead even bigger making it easier to rest those guys.

      • jsbrendog

        and now with such a solid bench having hairston/hinske in the lineup, even both on the same night, to trest regulars, is not such a bigdeal or offensive dropoff as previous years.

  • YankeeScribe

    I’d like to see Hughes get atleast one more start this season

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

      I doubt that. :(

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

        Yeah, probably not going to happen. Not enough time left to make it worthwhile to stretch him out again if we’re just gonna put him back in the pen.

  • gio

    RE: JON GARLAND

    Is he throwing a knuckle ball these days, or is change up just really bad?

  • adeel

    so Marti is starting to become a mystery…. do you people think that no news means that they are not viable mlb’s players or that negotiations are at fever pitch?

  • Greg C

    4-4 in the first half plus 1-1 so far in the 2nd half = 9-6 overall?