Open Thread: Pitchers staying in rhythm

Yanks reassign Montero, three others
A low UZR doesn't mean Teixeira is a bad first baseman

Today’s rainout apparently messed up the Yanks’ pitching schedule pretty badly. They were looking at other teams for possible split-squad situations, but apparently found no takers. To keep everyone pitching they’ll have an intrasquad game tomorrow morning, followed by the regularly scheduled game, a 1 p.m. affair against the Phillies which will air on YES and ESPN.

In the intrasquad game Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and Damaso Marte will face Joba Chamberlain, Chan Ho Park, and David Robertson. A.J. Burnett will start the game against the Phillies in Clearwater, and Phil Hughes will close the game. Burnett threw just 2.1 innings his last time around, using 66 pitches, so he might only be going four tomorrow. Hughes went four last time, and could go as many as five in relief, if they need the bottom of the ninth.

Oh, and in case you hadn’t heard, Joe Mauer signed an eight-year, $184 million extension with the Twins. Our hypothetical from this week will remain just that.

That’s it for today, though. We’ve got the open thread, though, so kick back and relax for the evening.

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Yanks reassign Montero, three others
A low UZR doesn't mean Teixeira is a bad first baseman
  • bexarama

    waaah sob I don’t understand why we didn’t trade Mitre for Mauer Cashman you’re an idiot we’re never winning again!!!

    Does that cover it?

    • bexarama

      I also really liked this part of the comment I posted:
      everyone who is currently happy about this signing will turn into anger.

      Turning into an actual emotion sounds awkward.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.

        • Ojas

          did you know that from the Bhagavad Gita or Robert Oppenheimer quoting it from said scripture?

          impressed either way

          • Tom Zig

            Fact: Damon Oppenheimer is related to Robert Oppenheimer and together they run Oppenheimer funds. Fact.

            Source:

            The Internet.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

    I’m glad to see Mauer stay in Minny. He belongs there, and it’s good for Baseball. Knowing a bit about his agent, this was the expected outcome.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Not only is the extension super risky in that if he gets hurt they are screwed.
    What if his power surge was an anomaly? You still have a hell of a player, just not quite as valuable.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Add in this, he’s never played a single game in that new ballpark. Will he be the same there? Nobody knows, since nobody knows how that place will play yet.

      One thing we do know, it gets REALLY cold at night in Minnesota in April.

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

      I’m worried about this too. Also, don’t forget he’s likely to lose 60-ish points off his OPS just because he’s unlikely to hit .365 again.

      • WIlliam

        That doesn’t mean he doesn’t remain a 340 hitter.

        • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

          Maybe, but very few hitters have the skill to hit for such a high batting average every year. Mauer’s career BA is “just” .327. A return to that number would lower his OPS by almost 80 points.

          • http://www.soxandpinstripes.com JGS

            .951 is still unbelievably ridiculous for a catcher

            • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

              Back to the original point. Slugging.

              • http://www.soxandpinstripes.com JGS

                his slugging is higher on the road and home runs are split 50/50. The Metrodome has mostly tended toward a pitchers’ park, maybe Target Field plays smaller. We don’t know yet

                • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

                  The original point was that maybe his power surge was an anomaly. Nothing to do with the park.

                • bexarama

                  I really like Mauer, but HR/FB% since 2005 (when he became a pretty much full-time catcher):
                  2005: 8.7% (9 HR)
                  2006: 10.8% (13 HR)
                  2007: 7.2% (7 HR)
                  2008: 6.5% (9 HR)
                  2009: 20.4% (28 HR)

                  I think the average HR/FB% is something around 10.5%? So he was getting a little unlucky in past years, but he’s probably not likely to repeat his 2009, which was incredibly lucky.

                  Now he’s still had MVP-worthy seasons, namely 2006 and 2008, but I dunno if he’s gonna have a year like 2009. He’ll still be an elite hitter, especially for a catcher.

                • http://www.soxandpinstripes.com JGS

                  at the same time, 15 of his homers would have been out of 25 parks, 23 would have been out of 20, and only one would have been out of fewer than 10–average distance was 396, its not like he had a ton of cheapies.

                  I’m not entirely sure what that means relative to how fluky his HR/FB was, but I thought it was interesting

              • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

                For Minnesota’s sake, I hope Mauer’s power increase from last season was real.

                His ISO in 2009 was .222, while his career ISO is .156. Combining the possible power decrease and the likely batting average regression doesn’t paint quite as pretty a picture as most people think.

                • ledavidisrael

                  Dave Cameron said the deal values him as a 6 win player.

                  A level he has hit twice before without the power that arrived last year.

  • pat

    Crazy tournament so far. Those smart kids at Cornell can ball.

    • andrew

      It’s rare that you have a recruiting class like they did where they all pan out. And then you get a pretty big time transfer. I’m assuming they’ll be back at the middle of the pack in the Ivies next year with Princeton and Harvard at the top; it’s tough to keep going after losing 7 of their top 8.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    I’m not sure how many fine arts fans we have at RAB, but the Marina Abramovic exhibit at MoMA is way, way awesome.

    Also, Syracuse kicks ass.

    • bexarama

      MoMA rules in general

      • pat

        Word. The Tim Burton exhibit is awesome too.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

          Heh, that’s why I went. It was pretty cool but much, much too crowded.

        • bexarama

          I’m not a Burton fan at all but I imagine it’d be a good exhibition because they’re always really good there. The Guggenheim, too.

          • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templeton_Peck Templeton “brendog” Peck

            the discovery museum i times square has some awesome stuff too.

            just saw the da vinci exhibit and am psyched for the king tut one to open soon

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

    Sorry to self-promote, but did anyone else hear Jack Curry on the rain out coverage? He said this-

    http://www.theyankeeu.com/2010.....-him-16014

    Between that and the weird Joba-Mo quotes, the beat reporters have some following up to do.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Sorry to self-promote…

      *cough*bullshit*cough*

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Oh please, if you blogged we’d never hear the end of it.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          In a related story, I have a huge cock.

          • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

            Check that

            “Oh please, if you blogged were a porn star, we’d never hear the end of it.

    • bexarama

      Maybe it’s just an assumption. What Joba/Mo quotes?

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        These-

        http://nybaseballdigest.com/?p=22687

        Sounds like it was all in good fun, but if I’m a reporter I have to follow up on it.

        • bexarama

          Thanks.

          Is it wrong that I spent like three minutes figuring out what the hell Joba was talking about when he referred to “four-two”?

          Joba has always looked like a fish out of water in the rotation. In the bullpen he is in his element. His personality fits the short spurt perfectly. No thinking, just pure adrenaline and throw.
          Oh no.

          • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

            I’d suggest reading the original Times piece. Mike reworded it and it was tough to follow. Plus, he took it as confirmation of his B-Jobber theory, which I didn’t. I thought it was just two guys goofing around.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

              I thought it was just two guys goofing around.

              That.

          • ROBTEN

            Joba has always looked like a fish out of water in the rotation. In the bullpen he is in his element. His personality fits the short spurt perfectly. No thinking, just pure adrenaline and throw.

            So, I think I’ve finally figured out this “argument.” Apparently Joba is a complete moron. Never has a dumber, more excitable player ever picked up a baseball. He’s the baseball equivalent of Lotney ‘Sloth’ Fratelli from _The Goonies_. I just hope that they can teach him where the plate is or one day he’s gonna go full-on “bull in a china shop” and launch a 103 mph fastball at Canó by mistake, taking his head clean off.

            • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

              Ugh. I should have posted my piece, but we just went through that.

              • bexarama

                it’s my fault ;_;

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                  “drfat”

                • bexarama

                  I now feel better. Teehee!

          • whozat

            “Joba has always looked like a fish out of water in the rotation”

            The thing I love about this is that it willfully ignores his entire minor league career, his starts in 2008 before the shoulder thing, and the first 100 or so innings of 2009. Essentially, all contradictory data is ignored because…well, how would he “prove” his point otherwise?

      • bexarama

        and also, if Andy only wanted to pitch in the new Stadium and win a World Series, why didn’t just he retire after last year? I think he’ll retire after this year, but it’s just a gut thing…

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

          Had a good year, won the WS, I would imagine it’s tough to retire coming off a year like that.

          Of course, we may be able to say the same things about Andy at the end of this year (hopefully) but the difference is in previous years, he was always non-committal about his future. According to Curry, that’s changed. He’s made up his mind this time.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    Oh, and in case you hadn’t heard, Joe Mauer signed an eight-year, $184 million extension with the Twins. Our hypothetical from this week will remain just that.

    First Dan Gladden and Kent Hrbek, then Nathan and Morneau, now Mauer… those damn Twins keep throwing their financial muscle around, trying to buy championships and pushing all the small-market little fish around the pond. The Twins and their deep-pocketed, Goliath Pohlad bankroll are all that’s wrong with baseball.

    Sincerely,
    John “David” Henry
    Owner (as long as “The Man” allows him to remain so) of the 17th-place media market Boston UnderdogSox

    • WIlliam

      :GolfClap:

    • http://warriorsmovie.co.uk/content/gangs/images/baseballfuries02.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Every time someone says that MLB should contract certain teams because they “can’t compete,” they should be reminded that the Twins were almost contracted in 2001 and in 2010 they gave a player an 8 year, $184 million contract extension.

      Keep things in perspective and don’t be myopic. Lather, rinse, repeat.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Lather, rinse, repeat.

        She gave a big grin, I knew that she was with it
        We stepped off and we Niked (huh?) We just did it
        Boots were kind of fly, yeah, I like the way they fitted
        Honey was the woman and to her I did admit it
        Lathered up the nuts and I changed my shoes
        Took off the browns and put on the blues
        Sweetie, um, the paper called–the Daily News
        And today’s headline reads: Here You Can’t Snooze

        /Dres’d

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Every time someone says that MLB should contract certain teams because they “can’t compete,” they should be reminded that the Twins were almost contracted in 2001 and in 2010 they gave a player an 8 year, $184 million contract extension.

        While I agree with your larger point (that teams in economic/competitive/logistical dire straits are not irrevocably in those dire straits and thus the contraction calls are almost always overreactions), there’s a huge asterisk on your statement:

        The Twins were in line for contraction not because they were a perpetually bad team that the league universally viewed as a non-competitive doormat (i.e., the normal way a team would be bullseyed as a candidate for contraction), but rather were in line for contraction because Bud Selig asked his good friend and ally Carl Pohlad to volunteer to have his team assassinated, even though they weren’t on life support (and really weren’t even sick).

        The Twins being “almost contracted” is not the same as the Marlins, Rays, Expos, or any number of other teams being “almost contracted”. The Twins were on the verge of contraction for entirely artificial and unnatural reasons. They weren’t a chronically bankrupt or dysfunctional franchise that was in danger of folding; their “close call” was a perversion of an overzealous commissioner/owner tag team trying to strike a philosophical blow in the ongoing labor/management war.

        • http://warriorsmovie.co.uk/content/gangs/images/baseballfuries02.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Yeah, that’s a good point. It’s not a totally bad comparison, since in 2000-2001 the Twins might not have been chosen for contraction because they were an unsustainable franchise but because some people thought MLB simply couldn’t sustain itself in its current, 30-team form… So you still have an example of a group of people jumping to a conclusion and considering contraction unnecessarily as, since that time, MLB enjoyed it’s most successful decade financially. So yeah, you’re totally right that the Twins aren’t a good example of a team being mistaken for an unsustainable franchise, but I think the point still stands in a different sense.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

            Absolutely.

            (cracks open two ice cold Pinstripe CCXL 52oz. Malt Liquors™ and hands one to Mondesi)

            • http://warriorsmovie.co.uk/content/gangs/images/baseballfuries02.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Oh man… Alcohol… I may have had too much of that this weekend…

              Eh, who am I kidding, there’s only one real hangover cure.

    • bexarama

      The thing is, if Mauer had gone to free agency and the Red Sox had signed him for however many years/a billion dollars, we’d hear about how smart Theo and Henry are. If he’d gone to the Yankees for an equal number of years/an equal number of dollars, there’d be PANIC!!! SALARY CAP!!! REALIGNMENT!!!!

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Don’t you get it? They just spend because we MAKE them. THey have to have the #2 payroll just to keep up. It’s the Yanks fault, not theirs.

        • bexarama

          Aren’t their bench players making more than like everyone on the Padres or Pirates or something like that?

  • Darrelle Edwards

    I’ve got the 3rd overall pick in a fantasy draft tonight—and Hanley’s going first, followed by Pujols.

    Any suggestions on my first pick here at No. 3?

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      Al. Or Utley.

      • WIlliam

        A-rod

    • Reggie C.

      Joe Mauer. 180 million bucks can’t be wrong.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Second round pick: Vernon Wells.

        • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Third Round pick: Alfonso Soriano.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

            Fourth round pick: Travis Hafner.

            • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

              Fifth round pick: Barry Zito.

              I usually wait for pitching, but the man has a $126 million contract. You cannot pass that up in the 5th round.

    • Ghost of Scott Brosius

      Longoria

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        Our own thrid baseman will have more HR’s, more RBI, more runs and more SB’s.

        • WIlliam

          This

        • andrew

          And more Centaur portraits above his bed.

    • pete

      not trying to be rude or douchey or anything, but can we chill a bit on the fantasy draft report cards? or maybe have a fantasy tab? it just seems like the last few days have been fantasy overload

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        Eh, it’s that time of the year. It will be over in a couple weeks.

      • whozat

        Eh, I think it’s just a time of year thing. Everyone’s drafting now, and there’s no real baseball news to discuss, so why not?

        • whozat

          Aaaaaand a Coke to Drew.

  • Reggie C.

    We could blame this:March 17th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    • pat

      ?

      • Dirty Entendre

        My guess: he’s jokingly saying they were drunk when they wrote the article because it was St. Patrick’s Day.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    Joba Chamberlain, some unspecified time in the past few days (not immediately after an ST appearance, not while being directly interviewed by a reporter, simply an overheard, non-contextualized conversation):

    Joba (to Mo, smiling): You’ve got to pass the torch, four-two!
    Mo (to Joba, smiling): Your time will come.
    Joba (to Mo, smiling): You might be 50! I might be done by then.
    Mo (to Joba, smiling): Then it’ll still come.
    Joba (to someone else, smiling): “He might pitch until he’s 106.

    ——————–

    Joba Chamberlain, four days ago (after his most recent ST appearance, which was solid, while directly being interviewed by a reporter about the 5th starter competition that he’s been told he’s a part of):

    I’m going to fight with all my heart and everything I’ve got to try to win that [5th starter] job and try to help this team win. That’s something that I want to do, to get that opportunity to hopefully not have innings restrictions, and we’ll go from there.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=nyy

    This idea that that ex-parte convo between Mo and Joba is some sort of “proof” that Joba “doesn’t want to start, wants to close” is ri-god-damn-diculous.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

    Getting to know Kevin Towers

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....new_y.html

    Sounds to me like he’s very big on assessing work ethic and character as much as skills. Figuring that those are the guys who are most likely to reach their ceiling.

  • bexarama

    Heh, from Newsday. Let’s all remember, however annoying the OMG FIFTH STARTER! debate, how lucky we are:

    Here are the last 10 pitchers who were the Yankees’ fifth starter out of spring training: Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, Darrell Rasner, Jaret Wright, Kevin Brown, Jorge DePaula, Jeff Weaver, Orlando Hernandez, Christian Parker, Ramiro Mendoza.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist
      • bexarama

        I disagree. If fifth starters didn’t exist, Yankees beat writers would be out of a job. Well, most would be. Some would need to hang around for teh 8th.

        Well-played, Eirias

  • YankeesJunkie

    Mauer is probably pretty happy being 184 million dollars richer. It is a good deal for Minnesota, but more importantly was a needed deal for Minnesota.

  • Zack

    So do I have to constantly hear over the next 8 years that Mauer is the ‘anti-Yankee’ because he took a ‘hometown discount’ that netted him the 4th highest contract ever and is the 2nd highest player in the game on average salary?

    • bexarama

      we ALL do, and we have to hear how noble and whatever this makes him

      • YankeesJunkie

        It would be interesting if Mauer waited a year to see what deal he could have gotten. The chances of him improving on last year are slim, but if he did repeat he could of have made 25-30 million a year or maybe a 10 year deal.

        • WIlliam

          No catcher will get a ten year deal. He’d have to have repeated this year over 150+ games to get 30 mil.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Hometown discount? WTF would he have received on the open market? His AAV is 23 per, and the contract takes him to age 36. That’s paying full freight if I’m Minny.

      • whozat

        Shut UP! You’re ruining the narrative!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Yes. Joe Mauer is the most American of all Americans because he turned down more money to play for real heartland values, and family, and ol’ fashioned work ethic, and his pride, and freedom, and liberty.

      Joe Mauer signing with Minnesota means that al’Qaeda is now officially losing the War on Terror.

      (Side note: This doesn’t mean that sublimating personal greed for societal harmony is now a good thing; it’s not. Joe Mauer may be okay taking less money, but we still need to pay Wall Street bankers hundreds of millions of dollars, because extracting every cent of captive profits is the only way for the nation to grow and to protect national security. Trust us, greed is always good, unless it benefits the Yankees.)

      Sincerely,
      America

      • Alex S
      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        America, F*CK YEAH!!!

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          SO LICK MY NUTS, AND SUCK ON MY BALLS!!!

  • baseballnation

    So I was was way off with Kansas winning the whole thing but My vote on Cornell is makin me look very good! Whats the over and under there chances of beating Kentucky?

    • Dirty Entendre

      4%. With George Mason being the notable exception, these Cinderellas usually fare piss poor the 2nd weekend.

      • andrew

        I’d put it a bit higher than 4%. This is a very experienced and talented Cornell team. They made the top 25 earlier in the year, which I know is not the only factor here, but they definitely have the talent to beat Kentucky. Cornell was a bounce or two away from beating Kansas, everyone’s favorite, at home. Cornell will be playing in Syracuse, essentially a home game. I’d probably give them a 20% chance of winning.

  • Riddering
    • Hughesus Christo

      I came here to post that tweet. He is such a jackass.

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I gave up reading anything he has written. After mentioning Damon and the Yankees, even after Detroit signed him, in everything he wrote, I just quit, cold turkey.

      He’s ridiculously terrible.

    • bexarama
      • Zack

        Translation: I love when teams spend money, except when that team is the Yankees.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        What on Earth does that even mean?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          I do believe in this!

          /Loki’d

      • Riddering

        Yeah, those contracts to Span and Blackburn were sky high.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Jim Pohlad had to sell his blood and semen in order to raise the money to sign them.

          (No, not mixed together.)

          • ROBTEN

            (No, not mixed together.)

            Why not? It worked for Andres Serrano.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....dont-exist

      Here’s what Curry actually posted, before it got filtered through the brain of a dumbass.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Whoops! I’m another dumbass.

        http://twitter.com/JackCurryYES

        • Riddering

          Yeah, the logical leaps Heyman took to get to the conclusion that Joba’s out of the race are pretty impressive. He doesn’t even consider that rain delays have made a mess of the Yankees’ rotation timeline in these spring starts or the fact that Hughes pitched the 16th, Joba the 17th so when they pitch again and how much they pitch is a factor.

          • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

            Now now, logic will get you nowhere.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      (starts reading Jon Heyman’s Twitterfeed more carefully)

      Hey, Jon: you’re a professional journalist. You’re 49 years old. Do me a favor:

      Use capital letters.

      When you don’t you look like either a.) a tween or b.) a tool.
      http://twitter.com/SI_JonHeyman

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        …and while you’re at it Jon, please put an ‘H’ in your name, you flucking fluffer you.

    • Zack

      He has 31,604 follows- atleast one of them has to rational enough to tell him he’s a fucking tool.

      • Zack

        has to be

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Meh, I’m certain he wouldn’t listen to them.

          • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

            We should get Joba to sign with Boras. This way, Boras can convince Heyman that Joba is in fact a starter. That is the only person he’ll listen to.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

              This is the best idea, possibly ever.

            • WIlliam

              Fucking genius

            • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

              Bookmarking this comment. Brilliant idea.

            • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

              +62

            • bexarama

              This is the best idea ever in the history of the world.

            • Tom Zig

              Give this guy an award!

      • Justin R

        I replied:

        “JRozz34

        @SI_JonHeyman So how does that mean Joba is out of the derby, exactly? Or are you making more stuff about it to get hits?”

    • bexarama

      You know, looking at it, I can’t… I don’t… what… how does he even ASSUME that? Maybe he’s joking? I’m just going to assume he’s joking

      • http://dontbringinthelefty.blogspot.com don’t_bring_in_the_lefty

        Unfortunately, he’s surely not.

      • Riddering

        I’d like to live in a world where Heyman has that kind of self-aware sense of humor, Bexy. I truly would.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        /Andy Kauffman’d

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.com JGS

    Ok, so Cot’s has the Twins at $94.7M for 2010, and assuming Mauer’s contract has every year at the AAV and they pick up their options on Kubel and Punto, they are at about $82M for:

    Mauer, Morneau, Nathan, Cuddyer, Kubel, Punto, Baker, Harris, Blackburn, and Span.

    That’s before arbitration raises to their nine arbitration-eligible players and possible resigning of free agents like Guerrier, Crain, and Rauch.

    They will be over $100M in 2011 with a second-year stadium in a weak division. Small market underdogs indeed

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Rauch is really going to be expensive. He gets paid by the inch.

      • Riddering

        He gets paid by the inch.

        …too easy.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        He gets paid by the inch.

        Welcome to the club, buddy.

        The Big Penis Club.

        /Chappelle’d

    • WIlliam

      After another good year in their new stadium, they’ll probably get another pitcher off the market as well. They are moving from annual postseason contenders, to annual WS contenders. If they’re to move past the ALDS, they’ll need better starting pitching.

    • bexarama

      they have a bigger payroll than the Dodgers

      • Hughesus Christo

        That’s not fair. The Dodgers are incredibly cheap.

        • bexarama

          this is true

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    My new 4-round mock, completed today (altered by things like the Charlie Whitehurst, Kamerion Wimbley, and Darryl Tapp trades, as well as the constantly-evolving prospect grades as school pro days are held):

    Round 1
    1. Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
    2. Lions – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
    3. Buccaneers – DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
    4. Redskins – QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
    5. Chiefs – S Eric Berry, Tennessee
    6. Seahawks – T Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
    7. Browns – CB Joe Haden, Florida
    8. Raiders – T Bruce Campbell, Maryland
    9. Bills – T Anthony Davis, Rutgers
    10. Jaguars – S Taylor Mays, USC
    11. Broncos (from CHI) – ILB Rolando McClain, Alabama
    12. Dolphins – EgRsh Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
    13. 49’ers – T Trent Williams, Oklahoma
    14. Seahawks (from DEN) – WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
    15. Giants – DT Brian Price, UCLA
    16. Titans – EgRsh Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech
    17. 49’ers (from CAR) – RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson
    18. Steelers – G Mike Iupati, Idaho
    19. Falcons – DE Everson Griffen, USC
    20. Texans – CB Kareem Jackson Alabama,
    21. Bengals – TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
    22. Patriots – EgRsh Brandon Graham, Michigan
    23. Packers – T Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
    24. Eagles – OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas
    25. Ravens – DT Dan Williams, Tennessee
    26. Cardinals – EgRsh Jerry Hughes, TCU
    27. Cowboys – S Earl Thomas, Texas
    28. Chargers – RB Ryan Mathews, Fresno State
    29. Jets – WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois
    30. Vikings – CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
    31. Colts – C Maurkice Pouncey, Florida
    32. Saints – DT Jared Odrick, Penn State

    Round 2
    33. Rams – DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida
    34. Lions – T Charles Brown, USC
    35. Buccaneers – WR Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech
    36. Chiefs – DT Cam Thomas, North Carolina
    37. Redskins – G/T Vladimir Ducasse, Umass
    38. Browns – EgRsh Ricky Sapp, Clemson
    39. Raiders – OLB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
    40. Chargers (from SEA) – DT Terrence Cody, Alabama
    41. Bills – WR Golden Tate, Notre Dame
    42. Buccaneers (from CHI) – CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers
    43. Dolphins – WR Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas
    44. Patriots (from JAX) – DT Lamarr Houston, Texas
    45. Broncos – G Jon Asamoah, Illinois
    46. Giants – ILB Brandon Spikes, Florida
    47. Patriots (from TEN) – WR Damian Williams, USC
    48. Panthers – DT Tyson Alualu, California
    49. 49’ers – CB Patrick Robinson, Florida State
    50. Chiefs (from ATL) – T Rodger Saffold, Indiana
    51. Texans – S Nate Allen, South Florida
    52. Steelers – CB/S Chris Cook, Virginia
    53. Patriots – RB Jahvid Best, California
    54. Bengals – OLB Navorro Bowman, Penn State
    55. Eagles – G Zane Beadles, Utah
    56. Packers – EgRsh Brandon Lang, Troy
    57. Ravens – TE Aaron Hernandez, Florida
    58. Cardinals – ILB Sean Lee, Penn State
    59. Cowboys – T Selvish Capers, West Virginia
    60. Seahawks (from SD) – S Chad Jones, LSU
    61. Jets – DE Corey Wooton, Northwestern
    62. Vikings – QB Colt McCoy, Texas
    63. Colts – T Edwin Veldheer, Hillsdale
    64. Saints – OLB Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State

    Round 3
    65. Rams – TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
    66. Lions – CB Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State
    67. Buccaneers – DE Alex Carrington, Arkansas State
    WAS pick forfeited
    68. Chiefs – EgRsh Nawa’akoa Misi, Utah
    69. Raiders – RB Dexter McCluster, Mississippi
    70. Eagles (from SEA) – C Justin Walton, Baylor
    71. Browns – QB Tony Pike, Cincinnati
    72. Bills – EgRsh Greg Hardy, Mississippi
    73. Dolphins – DT Al Woods, LSU
    74. Jaguars – G John Jerry, Mississippi
    75. Bears – WR Mike Williams, Syracuse
    76. Giants – OLB Daryl Washington, TCU
    77. Titans – CB Javier Arenas, Alabama
    78. Panthers – WR Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati
    79. 49’ers – EgRsh Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech
    80. Broncos – WR Brandon LaFell, LSU
    81. Texans – RB Montario Hardesty, Tennessee
    82. Steelers – QB Tim Tebow, Florida
    83. Falcons – OLB Eric Norwood, South Carolina
    84. Bengals – S Reshad Jones, Georgia
    85. Browns (from NE via OAK) – WR Taylor Price, Ohio
    86. Packers – CB Donovan Warren, Michigan
    87. Eagles – ILB Patrick Angerer, Iowa
    88. Cardinals (from BAL) – T Adam Ulatoski, Texas
    89. Cardinals – CB Amari Spievey, Iowa
    90. Cowboys – WR Jordan Shipley, Texas
    91. Chargers – S Larry Asante, Nebraska
    92. Browns (from NYJ) – EgRsh Lindsey Witten, Connecticut
    93. Vikings – DT Arthur Jones, Syracuse
    94. Colts – DT Michael Neal, Purdue
    95. Saints – DE Austen Lane, Murray State

    Round 4
    96. Rams – DT Vince Oghobaase, Duke
    97. Lions – RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech
    98. Buccaneers – T Tony Washington, Abilene Christian
    99. Chiefs – ILB Roddrick Muckelroy, Texas
    100. Redskins – T Jason Fox, Miami (FL)
    101. Seahawks – RB Joe McKnight, USC
    102. Browns – DT Geno Atkins, Georgia
    103. Raiders – CB Dominique Franks, Oklahoma
    104. Bills – QB Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan
    105. Jaguars – OLB Jermaine Cunningham, Florida
    106. Bears – T Sam Young, Notre Dame
    107. Dolphins – CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Indiana (PA)
    108. Titans – C John Estes, Hawaii
    109. Panthers – G Mike Johnson, Alabama
    110. 49’ers – S Myron Rolle, Florida State
    111. Broncos – EgRsh George Selvie, South Florida
    112. Giants – RB Ben Tate, Auburn
    113. Steelers – ILB Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State
    114. Falcons – WR Eric Decker, Minnesota
    115. Texans – G Mitch Petrus, Arkansas
    116. Patriots – TE Anthony McCoy, USC
    117. Bengals – G Chris Scott, Tennessee
    118. Seahawks (from PHI) – CB Jerome Murphy, South Florida
    119. Packers – S Major Wright, Florida
    120. Cardinals (from BAL) – C Theodore Larsen, NC State
    121. Jets (from AZ) – S T.J. Ward, Oregon
    122. Cowboys – ILB Darryl Sharpton, Miami (FL)
    123. Chargers – RB Anthony Dixon, Mississippi State
    124. Eagles (from NYJ) – DE Davis Hall, Louisiana-Lafayette
    125. Vikings – T Kyle Calloway, Iowa
    126. Colts – CB Trevard Lindley, Kentucky
    127. Saints – RB Charles Scott, LSU

    • pat

      Id JIMP if the Giants got D. Washington, but isn’t he a MLB? Seems unlikely they’d take Spikes and Washington, unless they were planning on converting one to OLB.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Washington is probably 6’2″, 225 tops. He’s too small to play Sam or Mike. He’s the 4-3 Will.

        • pat

          Ahh, word I thought he was more like 6’3 230- 235 with room to add a few more lbs.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      I still think the Jags take Tebow. It just makes too much sense.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        If they had a second round pick, maybe they’d take Tebow in the third. Since they don’t have one, though, they can’t afford to reach for a luxury.

        I love the Tebow to the Steelers idea, though. They don’t really need a QB, but they have time to develop one behind Roethlisberger, and Roethlisberger kinda has an odd habit of, um, getting physical with the ladies (/euphemism’d), so it would be nice to have a little talent in the cupboard behind him if anything untoward comes out and they are forced to cut bait with him (legally or simply from a PR standpoint).

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          I think the team owner would put business interests above football interests in the 3rd round. It’s not ideal but make no mistake, Tebow is a freakin’ God down there.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

            At this point, I almost wonder if Wayne Weaver would intentionally NOT take Tebow just to piss the Jacksonville fanbase off more and grease the skids out of town.

            I’m already excited to score some awesome California Bulls gear. (I really hope they ditch the Jags name and color combo when they move westward; why not bring the ol’ First and Ten fake team into awesome reality?)

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

              Hmmm…hadn’t thought of it that way. They really should get out of Jacksonville. It’s an awful place.

        • Tom Zig

          how cool would it be to have a euphemism html tag?

    • Jack

      23. Packers – T Bryan Bulaga, Iowa

      I would love this.

    • Teix is the Man

      Amazing draft for the Bills if this happened.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        You know who’s really set up to have awesome drafts?

        The Browns and Chargers.

        7. Browns – CB Joe Haden, Florida
        38. Browns – EgRsh Ricky Sapp, Clemson
        71. Browns – QB Tony Pike, Cincinnati
        85. Browns (from NE via OAK) – WR Taylor Price, Ohio
        92. Browns (from NYJ) – EgRsh Lindsey Witten, Connecticut
        102. Browns – DT Geno Atkins, Georgia

        28. Chargers – RB Ryan Mathews, Fresno State
        40. Chargers (from SEA) – DT Terrence Cody, Alabama
        91. Chargers – S Larry Asante, Nebraska
        123. Chargers – RB Anthony Dixon, Mississippi State

        Those are excellent hauls.

        • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          You know you want to add the Pats to that. If they can get Best and Williams where you have them, I’ll be JIMP’ing for weeks.

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    Can’t stay and chat tonight but wanted to drop this link in case no one else has seen it yet. Excuse the repeat if someone else posted already:

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....s-montero/

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Is most of what you’re working on right now just the mechanics of the throw to second?
      Montero: It’s just routines, trying to do the same thing every day. I’ve been doing that for three years or four years with the Yankees. Everything has been the same. Just try to work a little bit on everything. Blocking. Second base. All of that.”

      That’s another way of saying he is what he is. There’s no magic bullet, but maybe he can make some marginal improvements by learning tendencies and working at it.

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        Well, he’s 20. Getting that repetition down now will only help him as he gets stronger. Maybe it will help him add a little zip to his throws and what not.

    • V

      I have a feeling that everyone here reads Lohud posts.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Nope!

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Posts, yes. The comment section? Hell, no.

        • WIlliam

          Same as me.

      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templeton_Peck Templeton “brendog” Peck

        i only read them once a week and usually only that days when im on the train and either finished/forgot my book, cant find a free paper, or have exhausted every other mobile site on my phone already.

      • whozat

        Why not read the posts there? Chad works hard, I love the content he provides, and I’ve been reading his stuff since he worked the SWB beat. The other guys are fine too.

        The comments I haven’t read in a couple years, though I used to be a heavy poster over there in, like…2007 or so.

  • bexarama

    Harold Reynolds is a bad analyst

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.com JGS

      The Pope is Catholic

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        The first rule of Tautology Club is the first rule of Tautology Club

        • WIlliam

          Casey Kelly is better than sliced bread.

    • bexarama

      also, I just noticed Lester has a 5.54 ERA in spring training. This is unacceptable. Clearly he doesn’t really want to be a starter. To the pen!

      And for those of you who didn’t see it:
      Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
      Lester 5.1 5 3 3 0 7 1 5.54
      Okajima (H, 3) 0.2 1 1 1 0 0 1 3.18
      ** Papelbon (BS, 1)(L, 0-1) 0.1 5 6 5 1 0 0 7.11 **
      Ramirez, Ramon S. 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 11.57
      Bard, D 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.50

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.com JGS

        Lester had a 5.65 ERA until June last year. Then he was ridiculous

        as for Papelbon, he is a selfish money-grubber who will probably be traded for Joe Mauer and Adrian Gonzalez. Daniel Bard is the closer of the future

        • WIlliam

          Is the Lester thing true?

        • bexarama

          Beckett had a weird season

          – he started off the year with a 7-inning, 1-run performance against Tampa and everyone freaked out over it
          – then his ERA was up to over 7 by the end of April
          – through May, June, and July his ERA was 2.43. In May and June it was 1.94
          – and then, his ERA from August on: 4.60
          – his ERA from August 18 on: 6.02

          • http://www.soxandpinstripes.com JGS

            Don’t forget 5.40 in the playoffs

            but he’s the best postseason pitcher ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            • bexarama

              Heh. Josh Beckett: Because Julio Lugo is like the same as Hanley Ramirez, right?

              • http://www.soxandpinstripes.com JGS

                eh–it’s easy for Theo to say he wouldn’t have done it had he been in charge at the time, but Major League Hanley >>>>>>>>>>> Minor League Hanley, and the Sox won the Series in 2007 largely because Beckett was money that whole season and even more so in the playoffs.

                • bexarama

                  As someone else here said once (Steve H.? Sorry if it was someone else), Beckett was amazing in the 2007 postseason, but he didn’t necessarily have to be. They swept both the Angels and the Rockies, and in the games he won against the Indians, the Sox scored 10 and 7 runs.

                  No arguments he was very very good in that regular season. But Hanley put up a 145 OPS+ in a position where they have not had any sort of stability or real production since Nomahhhh.

                  It definitely wasn’t an awful trade, but I’m much happier the Sox have Beckett and Lowell than Hanley.

                • Tom Zig

                  I’m much happier the Sox have Beckett and Lowell than Hanley.

                  My thoughts exactly.

                • http://www.soxandpinstripes.com JGS

                  true, but Lowell hit .353/.410/.608/1.018 for that whole playoffs, and he, Manny (1.160), and Ortiz (1.204), and Youkilis (1.230) and…holy shit, the Sox offense went nuts in the 2007 playoffs

                • Mike Pop

                  The best way to look at it is that Beckett and Lowell helped the Sox remain competitive for the last 3 years and Beckett will help them for the next 4 or 5 years probably.

                  But Hanley would give them the opportunity to compete for a longer period of time I guess? Maybe they don’t win in 07 with Hanley, but they are better suited for the future?

                  I doubt anybody in that trade regrets it. Worked out.

                • bexarama

                  Sad facts from the 2007 World Series –

                  Red Sox batting: .333/.411/.525/.936
                  Rockies batting: .218/.283/.346/.629

                  Boston pitching:
                  2.50 ERA, 36 K/10 BB, 1.083 WHIP
                  Rockies pitching:
                  7.68 ERA, 20 K/19 BB, 1.941 WHIP

                  Thanks for showing up, Colorado :|

                • http://www.soxandpinstripes.com JGS

                  eh–they had nine days off prior to Game 1. Besides, how could they be expected to take down a team with Beckett and Schilling?

                • bexarama

                  Scrappiness? Oh wait no one is scrappy and underdog-gy except the Red Sox.

                  It’s a good thing I was in Spain during the 2007 playoffs or I would have wanted to shoot something.

                • http://www.soxandpinstripes.com JGS

                  nice. I was in Israel for 2004. I consider this one of the best developments in my life as a fan

    • bexarama

      Oh my God he just said “I think A-Rod will relax and become a good player” O_O

      • Jose

        Maybe he will during the regular season. I just can’t ever imagine him relaxing and being any good during the postseason. New York is too big market for him.

  • danny

    ugh baseball season can not come soon enough! the heart-breaking Maryland loss combined with the fail of the Giants season,makes me miss the Yankees even more

  • Ivan

    I gotta say its pretty good for baseball that Joe Maur is pretty much going to a twin for the rest of his life…good for them.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Do you feel, right now, confident that it’s going to happen, that you’re going to get to the big leagues?
    Montero: Oh yeah. I think this year I’m going to be there. I’m going to do the best in Scranton, so this year, I’m going to say, I’m going to be there.

    Awesome.

    • Tom Zig

      September counts.

  • BigBlueAL

    Not gonna lie, wouldve been pretty cool to have seen both Hughes and Joba pitch tomorrow vs the Phills since it is on ESPN and I will be able to watch the game. I think Heyman is an idiot too but gotta be honest why the hell would you have Joba pitch in an intrasquad game when he is supposedly in competition for the 5th spot.

    I understand AJ needs to pitch in a real game too so the rainout today really did screw them up but still interesting decision to have Joba pitch in the intrasquad and not Hughes. Whatever hopefully by the end of this week we will finally have a resolution to the 5th starter debate.

    • Mike Pop

      Hopefully it’s Joba. Or this place will go apeshit (rightfully so).

      • Jose

        No matter what there will be people here going apeshit.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      I think Heyman is an idiot too but gotta be honest why the hell would you have Joba pitch in an intrasquad game when he is supposedly in competition for the 5th spot.

      Because there’s absolutely, positively, 100% zero difference at all between an ST intrasquad game and an ST game against the Phillies. They’re identical. One is not more “prestigious” than the other. One does not mean more or count more than the other. They’re the same.

      Useful information that can be gleaned from the fact that Pettitte, Mo, Marte, Joba, Park, and D-Rob are pitching in the intrasquad game while AJ and Phil get the Phillies: zero

      • Jose

        Fact: All the pitchers in the intrasquad game have lost he 5th starter competition.

        Note: Actual facts may be misrepresented. Jose cannot be held accountable if Jon Heyman tweets this post.

      • BigBlueAL

        C’mon now, there is a difference when facing another team and a freakin intrasquad. Intrasquad games are a joke. ST games are a joke too but not that big of a joke especially when Joba is supposedly in a competition for a role on the team. If intrasquad games were the same as ST then why bother playing other teams in ST??? Just have a month of intrasquad games before the season.

        I believe the Yankees already know what they are doing (and having Joba pitch in the intrasquad game doesnt mean anything I agree) but all this has done is make this “competition” more of a joke than it already is/has been.

        • whozat

          “If intrasquad games were the same as ST then why bother playing other teams in ST??? Just have a month of intrasquad games before the season.”

          Because you’re not going to split your guys across two teams for a whole ST, but for one game it doesn’t really matter?

          Because that would drastically reduce ticket sales, and thus make cities uninteresting in being a spring training host — whereas now they will often help build facilities to attract a team?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Repeated for emphasis:

          Useful information that can be gleaned from the fact that Pettitte, Mo, Marte, Joba, Park, and D-Rob are pitching in the intrasquad game while AJ and Phil get the Phillies: zero

          • BigBlueAL

            What this all really means is the “competition” for the 5th starter = bullshit

            It was/shouldve been Joba from the beginning but this whole made up competition just to keep Joba motivated or something is clearly becoming a pile of crap.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

              Well, yes, I also think the 5th starter competition is a bullshit, sham quasi-competition, but that’s separate from the central fact here–the fact that the assignation of pitchers to either impromptu intrasquad games (to replace innings lost to rained out spring games) or regularly pre-scheduled games against other teams doesn’t provide a single shred of useful information about how the team feels about any number of players in any sort of competitions.

              It’s a non-story.

              • BigBlueAL

                Yeah that was never my problem, my problem was that if there is a so-called competition that to me putting Joba in an intrasquad game this late in ST when he is supposedly apparently still in a competition for the 5th starter spot looks stupid and is not surprising that rumors will of course come out of this arrangement.

                Whatever, its a slow, boring night so there needs to be something to complain about….

                • WIlliam

                  You could always complain about the ridicoulously long time it is taking to pass the Health care bill. I mean, does 40 hours of debate at the end of 17 months really accomplish anything. Everyone knows it will pass. Just do it already.

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

      Fact: The intrasquad game is only being played because today’s game was canceled.

      Fact: Joba was scheduled to pitch in the canceled game.

      Fact: Hughes was scheduled to pitch against the Phillies.

      Fact: The pitchers who were scheduled to pitch in the canceled game were rescheduled to pitch in the intrasquad game.

      Therefore: Joba is pitching in the intrasquad game while Phil is pitching against the Phillies.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        In light of my above comment that when the Jacksonville Jaguars move to LA, they should become the California Bulls from the old HBO “First and Ten” sitcom:

        http://www.mghelmets.com/movies.html

        A website that has the helmet of almost every fake football team in movie/TV history.

        This joys me.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          DAMN REPLY FAIL!!!!!

          • Jose

            Your comment above belongs in this thread about as much as Heyman belongs with journalists.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

              Thanks for the helpout, Jose.

              • Jose

                I would’ve poured you a Pinstripe Joba Porter™, but what is the point if he isn’t going to be a starter?

                • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                  Now available in shots.

      • kunaldo

        Wait, am I missing something? Wasn’t Hughes supposed to be facing the Tigers(cancelled game) and Joba the Phillies(tomorrow’s game)?

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      By that way of thinking… How come Joba is starting, and Phil is pitching in relief! This is a non story that some people are making out to be an indication of what Cash and Co are thinking.

    • whozat

      “be honest why the hell would you have Joba pitch in an intrasquad game when he is supposedly in competition for the 5th spot.”

      Because, this way he faces some (large) subset of Jeter, ARod, Tex, Cano, Swisher, Granderson, and Johnson instead of whichever phillies minor leaguers happen to finish out the away game.

      Given that it’s probably more important to get Burnett going (and, probably, get him and Posada more time together) than nail down the 5th starter issue, this is probably the best they could do.

      • Chuck

        I agree if Joba can do a good job against the Yankees then that would help his case more than the phillies. Only thing is if the familiarity between teammates is a benefit for joba or the hitters.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Life just seems like Planet Earth deleted scenes. Hoping it improves a bit…

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Word. I usually enjoy this stuff (are we surprised?), but it does seem like PE2.

  • kunaldo

    Did you guys see Chad Jennings’ Five Quotes w/ Jesus Montero?

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....s-montero/

    My fav was the last:

    CJ: Do you feel, right now, confident that it’s going to happen, that you’re going to get to the big leagues?
    Montero: Oh yeah. I think this year I’m going to be there. I’m going to do the best in Scranton, so this year, I’m going to say, I’m going to be there.

    Love the confidence. I guess that should be expect when you’re dealing w/ The Jesus

    http://tinyurl.com/yg9dm4a (Safe-ish, has an F bomb)