Oct
14

Yanks on Kikuchi’s U.S. itinerary

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yuseikikuchi Yusei Kikuchi is The Next Big Thing to come out of Japan. An 18-year-old prep star, Kikuchi could join Junichi Tazawa as a Japanese player who skips the Nippon Professional Baseball league to come straight to the Majors, and although the Yankees are going to be preoccupied with the Angels over the next 10 days, the team, according to reports, is going to meet with Kikuchi next week.

Via MLBTR, NPB Tracker reports on Kikuchi’s recruitment schedule. This week, he will meet with Japanese teams as his hometown league attempts to convince him not to jump the puddle for the Majors. After meeting with the NPB reps, Kikuchi will meet with the Giants, Mets, Dodgers, Yankees, Rangers, Mariners and Indians.

If Kikuchi leaves Japan, he will be the second big-name pitcher to head straight to the States in two years, and the NPB could be facing a severe young talent drain as more kids look to Major League Baseball for a more international stage and a quicker payday. Patrick Newman at NBP Tracker wonders if the Nippon leagues will look to collude with Kikuchi to ensure that he is drafted by the team of his choice and stays in Japan.

With Kikuchi coverage ramping up, Newman also published a scouting report on the young left-hander. He seems to be a smart kid with a good head on his shoulders, and he throws between 87-96 mph. Generally, his fastball sits low in the zone at around 90. Keep in mind that he is also just 18 and will probably add a bit of velocity as he fills out.

It will be interesting to see how the Kikuchi sweepstakes shake down. As young undrafted kids look across the Pacific, international baseball could be gearing up for a sea change, and the Majors may soon enjoy a stream of young talent from Japan. After the Yanks opted against going after Tazawa last year on the grounds of honoring the NPB draft, it’s intriguing to see them in the mix on Kikuchi. Perhaps they think higher of him than they did of Tazawa.

Feel free to use this as a discussion on the merits of international poaching of young players or use it as your regularly scheduled open thread. Oh, and today is Joe Girardi‘s birthday. So a happy 45th to the Yanks’ skipper. You know the drill; play nice.

Categories : Open Thread
  • http://www.progressamericana.com/ Pablo Zevallos

    So everything was going uphill for me–I started my new website (check link), etc. Then I lost my history textbook before last Tuesday’s test and my Odyssey before tomorrow’s inclass essay. FML!!!

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

      Your new blog is now bookmarked. I expect to see great stuff on there, bro. Huzzah, and godspeed. I got your back.

      • http://www.progressamericana.com/ Pablo Zevallos

        Lol thanks! But it’s a really static website with updates on different calls to action, not a blog. Much to my chagrin I discovered that blogging takes way to much time.

        • Esteban

          Progress Americana seems (to me) to be too similar in name to the Center for American Progress.

          • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

            I thought the same thing when I found AmericaFTW.

          • http://www.progressamericana.com/ Pablo Zevallos

            You know, I hadn’t thought about that. Meh, hopefully we’ll be able to establish our own identity that’ll enable us to be separate and distinct from theirs, of which I am not a fan.

  • mustang

    “Ben
    14/10/2009 at 10:19 am Permalink
    If he does decide to come over he will be hyped enough that the bidding for him will reach a nice high level. My question is thing…”

    Wondering if this was you who comment on the link from MLBTR describing the kid. The writing seems the same.

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

      Was not me. I haven’t commented on MLBTR in a while.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    I like this kid more than Tazawa, come to the Yankees Kikuchi!

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      Poor Tazawa. Talk about being rushed through the minors.

      • JGS

        still had more innings than Joba

        • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

          Innings? Tazawa spent about half a season in America before he got blown up in the Bigs.

          • whozat

            did he throw more than Joba’s 88 innings in the minors?

            • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

              109.1

              • andrew

                Poor Tazawa Joba. Talk about being rushed through the minors.

                fixed

  • mustang

    From what I read it seems like it would be a good investment.

  • Tom Zig

    Those Joe Morgan ESPN Chats are just full face palms.

  • MikeD

    …or perhaps the Yankees are annoyed they honored the agreement only to have the Red Sox, Rangers and others ignore it, so this time they plan to participate.

  • JSquared

    Sounds like he can be a solid pitcher. I would have to think signing Kikuchi or Chapman is the thing to do. I don’t really see any big name pitchers coming up on free agency this year or next year.

    Yeah, there’s a few this year, but most of them are injury prone. I think if Kikuchi or Chapman only take 2+ years in the minors, which seems like a decent amount of time, either one that we sign should be ready to be in the bigs soon there after.

    • JSquared

      Any Big Name pitchers that the Yankees would want to add*

  • Accent Shallow

    As much as I’d like the Yankees to sign the best amateur talent, I also wouldn’t like to see NPB wither and die. Unfortunately, I’m not sure I see a way to keep the NPB viable if its best amateurs continually defect.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Yeah, I can understand an Ichiro/Matsui/etc move to the MLB, but if I lived in Japan, I would be pissed to see the Tazawas, Darvishs, and Kikuchis and the like go over to the US.

      • andrew

        I’m not so sure about that. I know baseball isn’t soccer, but I think most Americans are proud when one of our soccer players goes over to Europe and is successful. Didn’t Ichiro become a bigger star in Japan once he came to the US? I don’t know, i’m just wondering.

  • Jersey

    “and the NPB could be facing a severe young talent drain as more kids look to Major League Baseball”

    Let’s say there’s a continuing influx of Japanese players. For each Japanese player that takes up a slot in MLB, there’s one less slot in MLB for non-Japanese players. I wonder if we’d see a corresponding influx of foreign (including American) players in the NPB? Could be interesting to look at, if someone had the time to put together the data.

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

    The Yankee fan in me is happy that my team has the ability to procure top flight talent like Kikuchi and Aroldis Chapman thanks to my team’s financial wherewithal.

    The baseball fan in me wants to see some sort of international draft so that the Pirates, Royals, Nationals, and Orioles can get these quality young players, because they need them badly and baseball needs those teams to not suck anymore.

    • mustang

      Strongly agree.

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      Eh. Not many Cubano’s in Pittsburgh.

      Seriously, an international draft will do nothing to make Mr. Nutting pay players. Young players don’t make you win. They help you draw hype and then tear you down when you trade them for some cash and more young players.

    • JSquared

      Agreed. International Draft is a way to go, but how do you rank who goes first, If Nationals get first pick in the Regular Draft, do they also get first pick in the international draft?

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

        Sure. The Yanks can just buy more free agents when they turn 28ish.

    • Tom Zig

      Dayton Moore will still screw things up

    • mustang

      But Yankee Fan in me always wins this fight. Its up to MLB to change the rules until then Pillage & Plunder.

    • Accent Shallow

      Semi agree. Expanding the draft to Puerto Rico has been cited as a negative, as now less MLB talent is coming out of there.

      (Why? Because teams pulled their academies out, so players have to develop through other avenues.)

      While a fair distribution of amateur talent is a good thing, I worry that capping amateur bonuses could lead to more talent going to other sports. In the US, that’d be football/basketball, elsewhere, it may mean soccer or basketball. Or something else entirely.

      • Tom Zig

        croquet?

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

          Jai Alai? Caber tossing?

          • Johan Iz My Brohan

            If I ever got the chance to play Jai Alai, I would sooo take that over Baseball, it’s just sooo badass.

        • thurdonpaul

          pussytubing ?

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

      The human being in me wants to see these (generally poor) kids get whatever the market will bear for their services. I’m not putting the interests of billionaire owners or the misplaced, unreachable concept of ‘competitive balance’ ahead of letting the little guy make a few bucks. I have that right, I’m not going to argue somebody else shouldn’t.

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

        The industries we all work in are not very analogous to professional sports in many, many, many ways. Competitive balance may be meaningless in law, government, industry, etc. but it’s very important in pro sports leagues.

        I’m all for letting athletes earn whatever the market will bear when the time is right, but the NBA/NFL/MLB need to ensure some form of competitive balance, and drafts are a large boon in that regard.

        • Ivan

          Can you imagine in 03 when Lebron was eligible to get drafted under Baseball rules?

          He wouldn’t be a Cav period.

        • Esteban

          Yea, because the Yankees and Red Sox sign every single international free agent. You know, like Miguel Sano, who signed with the Yankees Red Sox Twins. Wait, huh, what happened? When’s the last time the Yankees or Red Sox or whoever in the top 5 in payroll signed the best/most expensive Latin American IFA?

          http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....mons_peter
          By organization (2009)
          Padres $5.8 million
          Athletics $5.0M
          Yankees $4.8M
          Mariners $4.6M
          White Sox $4.1M
          Reds $3.8M
          Rangers $3.5M
          Giants $3.4M
          Red Sox $3.4M
          Pirates $2.9M

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

            The fact that wealthy teams do not always sign every single big ticket IFA does not mean that wealthy teams do not have an advantage when it comes to signing big ticket IFAs. They do.

            Moreover, the IFA market as presently constituted is not specifically what I’m arguing against when calling for an international draft. It’s only one portion of it. All of what I’m attempting to do is have a comprehensive set of mechanisms for funneling the best young players to the worst teams (and allow them to afford to keep them) in the interest of competitive balance.

    • Ivan

      Totally agree.

      Would you agree on a Salary Cap.

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

        You’re a heartless fuck. I knew there was something I liked about you.

    • 27 this year

      but an international draft including Japan would probably lead to the NPB dissolving and major issues between the MLB and Japan, ones that would be hard to resolve.

  • ROBTEN

    Does this mark a shift in Japan-US baseball relations?

    When Tazawa was available, Cashman said:

    “I’m old school — there has been an understanding,” said Yankees GM Brian Cashman to the New York Times. “There’s been a reason that Japanese amateurs haven’t been signed in the past, so we consider him hands-off.”

    Does this mean that the Yankees (and, generally speaking, MLB) no longer have an “understanding” with NPB?

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

        I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further.

        /Vader’d

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

          Y’all got strawberry milk on that thing?

          /R2D2′d

          • Scooter

            “Our radar’s been jammed”
            “Raspberry… only one man would dare give me the Raspberry. Lonestar!”
            /Dark Helmet’d

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

              What the hell is an Aluminum Falcon?

              /EmperorPalpatine’d

              • ROBTEN

                Something, something, something, dark side…something, something something, complete

                /Go for Papa Palpatine’d

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

          This deal is getting worse all the time!

          /Lando’d

  • Rey22

    Did anyone see that mlb.com article with the position by position comparison on the Yanks and LAA? Talking about their 2B platoon, they just had to mention “Dustin Pedroia, widely regarded as the best AL 2B.” Aren’t they forgetting about a certain Robinson Cano?

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

      Well, Pedroia’s better at going bald, being short, bitching to umps, and throwing his groundskeeper crew under the bus, maybe those were their primary criteria for judging who is “best”.

      • steve (different one)

        how is this groundskeeper thing not a bigger story??

        aside from being the single weakest excuse in the history of professional sports, it’s beyond obnoxious and the implications on Pedroia’s character are not very good.

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

          Because it’s a story about groundskeepers. THAT’S why it’s not a bigger story.

          Yeah, Pedroia’s an asshole, but he slandered a group of people that basically nobody gives a crap about.

          • steve (different one)

            i guess so. i would have thought that the scrappy blue collar Red Sox who play for little more than the love of the game and meal money would stand in solidarity with their working class brethren. i was wrong.

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

            You’re right, but he also slammed their beloved Fenway Park, which is akin to a cathedral in that town.

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

              Did he slam the cathedral? Or did he slam the janitors of said cathedral?

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

                “Worst infield in Baseball”

                I guess you could take that both ways. Lousy field and/or poorly maintained.

      • Jack

        http://djpostl.files.wordpress.....ppysox.jpg

        I’m late to the party, but I felt the need to post this.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

      It’s probably because he’s “lazy” or he’s “unclutch.”
      Doesn’t help when a good portion of the fanbase believes in all that crap.

    • 27 this year

      I like how for all of them it says Edge: Yankees or Angels or even but for Jeter it says Edge: Jeter.

  • http://thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    I think the Sox have opened the floodgates for other teams with the Tazawa deal. Now, the Yankees are simply breaching an agreement that was breached before, so perhaps it’s not as bad the second time around. Maybe that’s why they chose not to pursue Tazawa—they didn’t want to be the first to ignore the previous gentleman’s agreement. Or, it could just be because Tazawa was 22 while Kikuchi is 18.

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      Good businessmen don’t burn bridges. Sure, Tazawa helped the Sox get knocked out of the playoffs in the ALDS this year, but it will have repercussions for Theo further down the road.

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

    I like Kikuchi.

    Hell, I like all kinds of kuchi.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      What about Kuchi Kuchi Ku?

      /about to take out my Nuva Ring

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    Doing a livechat on the blog at 7.30 (3 minutes from now, yay for advance notice!)

    So come and join or whatnot, because who doesn’t love blatant self promotion?

    http://www.puristbleedspinstri.....eries.html

  • Salty Buggah

    Kikuchi. Kiiicuuchi. I like saying this name.

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

      Koomar, what is that, like, five “o”s or two “u”s?

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Yusei “The Killa” Kikuchi!

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      Imagine the role call in The Stadium:

      KEE-KOO-CHEE.. KEE-KOO-CHEE!

      • Ivan

        Sounds like a name of a Japanes Porno movie.

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

    Tonight’s useless observation gleaned from walking around the streets of Manhattan:

    I’m glad I’m not gay, keeping a gay wardrobe looks expensive as shit.

    • Ivan

      Well they Say Gay people are the best dress people.

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

      Nah, the wardrobe thing wouldn’t bother me one bit. I’m just glad I’m not gay because I don’t like getting fucked in the ass.

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

        Well, there’s that too. I was just commenting on the fact that I passed like three gay men on the street walking up 14th and all of them were dressed immaculately. I like being straight and thus not feeling the need to buy $100 jeans, $200 cashmere sweaters, $300 italian boots, and $400 Louis Vuitton glasses.

        I love coochie for lots of reasons, but one nice one is that it’s not that expensive (in one way.) I have to buy nice clothes for my wife… but I can rock cheap shit and she’s happy.

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

          Yeah, women are good like that. And for every one Gay guy who dresses up to the nines to go out clubbing there are probably nine that don’t buy fancy clothes, don’t go to shi-shi restaurants and don’t like clubs. Like any other group of people, most of them don’t fit the stereotype. Half my customers are Gay, and they’re just as diverse as any other group I can think of.

  • Ivan

    Hey Tommie,

    Whats your thoughts on the Jets getting Edwards?

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

      I’m very aroused…

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

        Seriously, though, Edwards for Stuckey (who is like a poor man’s Dennis Northcutt at best) and Trusnik (who is a poor man’s Larry Izzo) and two non first round picks is an absolute steal. Slam dunk of a trade.

        My only concern is the fact that we’ve given away three picks in next April’s draft between this trade and the Lito Sheppard deal. The good news is, none of them is a first rounder and one of them is guaranteed to be a 5th rounder–no more, no less.

        The second pick we sent to Cleveland is a third rounder that could escalate to a 2nd based on PT and junk, and based on how rapidly Braylon is being added into the offense, I’ll assume it does become a third rounder. The pick we sent to Philly for Lito is a 4th that can escalate to a 3rd or 2nd, but Lito’s already missed three games now; I doubt it becomes a 2nd; 3rd is more likely. So, it looks like we’ll have a 1st rounder, 4th rounder, 6th rounder and 7th rounder and that’s it.

        We’re probably trading back this April. However, I’ll bet dollars to donuts we flip Kellen Clemens to someone for a 4th rounder (like what the Texans did with Sage Rosenfels last winter).

        In fact, we may even trade Clemens to a team that desperately needs a quarterback… (looks in Cleveland’s direction)

        • http://Greg Greg P

          Not positive, but I think Clemens is unrestricted next year.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    OK, we know that he’s Kikuchi, but is he Ki-KLUTCH-i?

  • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H. :: Sec105

    Left-handed Japs scare me…

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

      Yeah, because they’re all exactly the same…

      (rolls eyes)

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

      Hideki Irabu was righthanded, if that makes you feel any better.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

      Ehh I don’t like it when people say “Japs.”

      I believe it’s a racial slur for them.

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

        Prosecutor: Over Macho Grande?
        Witness: No. I don’t think I’ll ever get over Macho Grande. Those wounds run… pretty deep.

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

        Jack Woltz: Now you listen to me, you smooth-talking son-of-a-bitch, let me lay it on the line for you and your boss, whoever he is! Johnny Fontane will never get that movie! I don’t care how many dago guinea wop greaseball goombahs come out of the woodwork!
        Tom Hagen: I’m German-Irish.
        Jack Woltz: Well, let me tell you something, my kraut-mick friend, I’m gonna make so much trouble for you, you won’t know what hit you!

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

          You think your pretty smart, don’t you, Trebek? What with your Dago mustache and greasy hair!

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

      Is that you, Grandma?

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    LINE MATT H.

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      Dammit. Reply fail

  • Charlie

    87-96 mph? that is a ridiculously huge velocity range.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      That screams mechanical flaws to me, just like with Chapman.

      If you straighten out the flaws/inconsistencies in his delivery, his control should improve as well. But that tells me he’s a project, again like Chapman.

      • 27 this year

        he is in high school. No high school guy in America isn’t a project

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

          Milbarge: Maybe your dick’s not so dumb.
          Fitz-Hume: … It got me through high school.

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

    I dunno if anyone’s watching the Rangers, but holy schnikees what a shot by Gaborik.

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

      I can’t find them. Are they on Versus, Spike, the Outdoor Life Network, or SyFy?

      http://www.instantrimshot.com

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

      Yup, that was pretty awesome. :D

  • Sean

    am i the only one who thinks the yankees need to work on their outfield this offseason?

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

      In what way?

    • steve (different one)

      as long as they don’t hire the Red Sox groundscrew to do it, they’ll be fine

  • Januz

    There is a simple reason why the Yankees might go out and sign guys like Kikuchis and Chapman……….. they know a worldwide draft is coming, and the talent pool they had an advantage with (Because of money) will be severely limited. I fully expect between now and next August, the Yankees will really throw their resources into signing as many high levbel prospectss as possible.

    • Jack

      There is a simple reason why the Yankees might go out and sign guys like Kikuchis and Chapman………..

      The simple reason is that they have ridiculous upside. We haven’t heard or seen any evidence that an international draft is coming.

      • pat

        Haha yeah, the whole having good young lefties in the farm system is reason enough to sign them.

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

        But Januz has. Januz sees simple events of today and extrapolates out gigantic meaning to them far into the future.

        Januz can see through time itself…

        http://chrisbheath.files.wordp.....d-logo.jpg

        • Jack

          Well, that changes everything.

      • Januz

        There is some evidence of this: Bud Selig talked about it. So did Mark Teixeira (Who is high in the Players Association).

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

    OK, so this afternoon we all found out what the pitching matchips will be for the Yanks-Angels. Yanks are going with a 3 man rotation and Angels 4. So as of now they are as follows (subject to change):

    Game 1-Lackey vs Sabathia (Edge Yanks)
    Game 2-Saunders vs Burnett (Edge Yanks)
    Game 3-Pettitte vs Weaver (big edge Yanks)
    Game 4-Sabathia vs Kazmir (Even, if Kaz is healthy)
    Game 5-Burnett vs Lackey (Even)
    Game 6-Saunders vs Pettitte (Edge Yanks)
    Game 7-Weaver vs Sabathia (ginourmous edge Yanks)

    I’m sorry, but if the Yanks win Game 1 this could be a quick series. IMO the Yanks have an edge in 5 of the 7 games, and that’s before we even discuss the bullpen, where it gets completely lopsided in favor of the Yanks. The Yanks have done well against Saunders in his career, plus he doesn’t have the profile of the type of pitcher who gives them trouble. He’s a nice, league average Lefty with decent stuff who hasn’t pitched in over 2 weeks. Weaver gets killed by the Yanks, his career ERA facing them is in the mid 6s. Kazmir has always given the Yanks trouble, but I’m wondering if he’s hurt. He usually pitches well against the Sox and got knocked around in Fenway on Sunday. There were reports he was hurt when he was traded, but the Angels went ahead and made the deal anyway. In any case, starting him at home instead of Yankee stadium raises and eyebrow for me.

    Yanks in 5.

    • Jose

      I still see the Yankees winning in 4. They are a winning machine that will not be stopped.

    • steve (different one)

      JMO, but you are overrating Kazmir and underrating Weaver.

      i also think those who think the series will be over quickly are underrating the Angels’ offense.

      i think this is going to be a steel cage match.

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

        i think this is going to be a steel cage match.

        LITERALLY.

  • sly

    No thanks, I am yet to recover from the nightmare called “IGAWA”.

  • X

    i cant read that first sentence.

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