Open Thread: Yanks take both games

Cervelli cleared to resume activities tomorrow
Are Mitre and Aceves really making their cases for fifth starter?

The day didn’t start off so well for Javy Vazquez. On his first pitch of the afternoon, his first live pitch of the spring, Jimmy Rollins took him deep. Perhaps he should compare notes with A.J. Burnett. Thankfully, things went pretty well after that. Vazquez retired the next six hitters he faced, striking out four. Jon Albaladejo pitched a scoreless frame, though not without allowing three hits. David Robertson got a bit roughed up, allowing two runs in .2 innings.

While starter Kyle Kendrick pitched well for the Phillies, old friend Jose Contreras got rocked, allowing six runs in 1.2 innings. Swisher doubled off him twice, and Kevin Russo did once.

Over in Bredenton, Al Aceves was even more impressive, throwing four no-hit innings in a 6-0 victory. Ivan Nova, Jason Hirsh, and Zach McAllister followed with shutout innings of their own, with Nova allowing the only hit of the game.

Now for this evening’s open thread. Basketball is the theme of the evening. The Hawks visit the Knicks, while ESPN will have college hoops.

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Cervelli cleared to resume activities tomorrow
Are Mitre and Aceves really making their cases for fifth starter?
  • The Evil Empire

    Ok, I made a post earlier in the game thread with my fantasy team picks, here’s another league I’m in with the 9th pick in the 1st round. What do you think? Feel free to rate 1-10?

    C: Jorge Posada
    1B: Miguel Cabrera (2nd Round)
    2B: Robinson Cano
    3B: Evan Longoria (1st Round)
    SS: Jose Reyes
    OF: Jason Bay
    OF: Manny Ramirez
    OF: Raul Ibanez

    SP: King Felix, AJ Burnett, Ricky Nolasco, Randy Wolf, Rich Harden, Jonathan Sanches, Derek Lowe, Barry Zito & Kevin Correia
    RP: Phil Hughes, Huston Street, Leo Nunez, & J.P. Howell

    Bench: Nick Swisher & Brett Gardner

    Starting pitching is deep, i’m just hoping Jose Reyes can start this season. It’s a Rotisserie league.

    • WIlliam

      How many teams are in the league?

      • The Evil Empire

        12

        • WIlliam

          That’s a pretty awesome team then.

          • Thomas

            Yeah it is awesome for 12 teams.

            • andrew

              Definitely a good team, but absolutely no speed outside Reyes, and who knows how much running he’ll do this year.

    • Aj

      Your team is full of freaks. In a good way.

  • billbybob

    Has chevy Nova been banished to Tartarus for allowing the hit today?

    • Jose

      He has to pitch the ball to no catcher, walk to the ball and take it back to the mound repeatedly for all eternity.

  • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

    If anyone subscribes to New York Magazine, they’ve had a new Canali ad with Mo every week now for a couple of weeks; they started with the one posted here, but for the past like three or four weeks they’ve had pictures that I saw nowhere on the internet. He looks megahot in all of them.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

    I am exhausted. After an eventful and tiring weekend (the girls were born Thursday night, slept on a cot in hospital thursday, friday, saturday, drove to NY from Boston on Sunday with 3 kids) I needed to come back to Boston for classes today. I heard something about the Van Wyck on 1010 WINS, but figured that the VW is always trafficky and doesnt take crazy long (its only 3 miles in the “traffic zone”), so I just went for it. Bad, bad, bad mistake. Van Wyck took an hour and a half. Other assorted jams led a 3.45 trip to take 5.15. Then I had to go to my second class. Ugh.

    • The Evil Empire

      Congrats

    • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

      Sorry about all the craziness, but congrats, man!

    • Tom Swift

      Congratulations!

    • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

      Thanks for the congrats. Also, I left out the punchline to the post- if you have ever watched the Seinfeld episode with the Van Wyck and thought they were exaggerating, they weren’t.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW8BnwBHhs4

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

        That’s pretty funny. What are the odds.

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

          About the same as Tommy John getting Tommy John surgery.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

            Lol. Seriously, we posted the same clip at the exact same minute of a strange cartoon of Seinfeld that has the relevant audio. Just seems pretty coincidental.

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

              Whoops! I didn’t see yours. My TJ line was referring to getting stuck on the Van Wyck.

  • Poopy Pants

    Has anyone else seen this in the Post tonight?…

    Aceves is opening eyes, and he wears No. 91, a tribute to Dennis Rodman. “I like how he worked.’’

  • ultimate913

    With what Aceves is doing this spring training so far, is he getting any serious consideration for the 5th spot or is he just there for more “competition”?

    • J.R.

      If he is the best candidate for the job then he should get it.

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

      http://www.theyankeeu.com/2010.....eves-15620

      This dope already wants him to land the job. What a maroon.

      • Jose

        Why does Aceves have no weaknesses listed?

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

          Yeah, I noticed that too. No idea.

        • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

          Maybe he’s the Red Sox?

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

            IETC

      • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

        I disagree with your post, but I do have to say that it was thoroughly and cogently argued.

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

          Not sure if it’s still on the notepad, but I suggested there that someone else make the case for Joba, then someone do Hughes, etc. Make a series out of it. If you’re looking for a post idea (and who isn’t lately) there’s one.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

            I actually claimed Joba this afternoon. SHould have a post on it tomorrow, probably at 1PM.

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

              Cool, looking forward to it.

    • Accent Shallow

      I have to think he’s a fallback option, and that he won’t get the job unless Hughes and Joba both look terrible.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I just watched today’s televised game and I came away with a few observations:
    1. Kevin Russo can play.
    2. Christian Garcia (a favorite Axisa whipping boy) looked pretty good.
    3. Eduardo Nunez looked awfully white.
    4. Jonathan Albaladejo looked awfully
    5. Michael Kay could care less about any young player.
    6. Jesus Montero can play.
    7. Amuary Sanit looked stocky.
    8. Marcus Thames should start a fashion line of Sombreros.
    9. I am still not a fan of Grit Grittner.

    • J.R.

      10. Michael Kay is way too sensitive and can’t take a joke.

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

      heh. According to the box score, white Nunez was actually David Adams.
      http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxsco.....b_nyamlb_1

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      5. Michael Kay could care less about any young player.

      how much less could he care?

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

        (insert) n’t (/insert)

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          apparently mark-up doesnt follow with simple cut and paste…snobby elitist snarky remark fail on my part :(

          :)

    • Accent Shallow

      I can’t wait to see Chris Garcia, although I’m sure he’ll just get hurt. Again.

      • A.D.

        Getting to actually see him pitch in ST will just make it that much worse when he does get hurt.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Anyone see Hetward’s 9000ft homer? Melky!

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

      I need video.

      • pat
        • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

          With his estimated 450-foot blast off Max Scherzer
          this guy is good, huh?

          • pat

            Yeah, he’s the real deal. Kid’s gonna be a star.

        • pat

          Bah, should have watched the video first, doesn’t show the HR. My bad.

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

            Thanks anyway, bro.

            Heyward is a monster, He’s like Frank Thomas with fielding skills, who was also a man-child the day he arrived in the bigs. They’re already saying he could be better than Chipper, which is as high as praise gets in Atlanta.

          • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

            I can’t find any footage of the HR from today. Boooooo :(

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

        Me too. It’s not out on the interwebs yet. I want to see some highlights of Chapman’s start too.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

          He looked straight nasty. Me thinks the Yankees will regret not bidding on him.

          /Potentially overreacting to 2 Spring innings’d

  • J.R.

    I loved how Michael Kay was getting ripped on for his torn labrum. Maybe the funniest spring game I have ever heard.

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    http://cache.daylife.com/image.....C/x610.jpg

    Cashman is rocking the CSI Miami look.

  • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

    So today I was bored and looking at the video archives, looking for one thing I remember Mark Teixeira for in his pre-Yankee days (apart from the grand slam off of Edwar). And lo, I found it.

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

      “..and Teixeira’s going crazy.”

      heh, that highlight reminds me how awful the umps were last season. WTF was that guy looking at that he didn’t see the white grass pop up.

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

      In the umpires defense, he said that he didn’t think that was chalk flying up, he thought the ball spontaneously combusted in mid air.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Over in Bredenton, Al Aceves was even more impressive, throwing four no-hit innings in a 6-0 victory. Ivan Nova, Jason Hirsh, and Zach McAllister followed with shutout innings of their own, with Nova allowing the only hit of the game.

    Who’s Jason Hirsch?

    /Beating a dead meme’d

    • Jose

      That joke is as old as Angel Berroa.

      /Pete Abe’d

      • ROBTEN

        That joke is funny because in 2002 it was uncovered that Angel Berroa was actually older than he initially claimed.

        /Salty’d

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

      Repeat after me.

      Numero.

      Cinco.

      Das it.

    • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

      can someone explain this meme to me? (puppy dog eyes)

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

          This one is still the best ever

          http://www.tiricosuave.com/200.....ntal-ward/

          Bexy, if anyone here ever says “ANDY PETTITTE IS A STAHTIN PITCHAH!!!” now you’ll know what they mean.

          • Jack

            And knowing is half the battle.

          • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

            haha, I’ve seen that one multiple times. BRING ME PORCELLO’S LAST FIVE STARTS! WFAN is just a hotbed of hilarity.

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

    Played the Red Sox with my fantasy draft team in The Show today. Up 7-1 in the 6th, and I ended up losing 9-7 on a Carlos Pena walk-off. The PS3 gave me a trophy called “Choker.”

    I’ve had closer issues in that game since before it was The Show, back in the MLB 2005 days.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      When did he get traded to the Red Sox? Did I miss something? Did you have Christian Garcia as your closer?

      • Jack

        . . .fantasy draft team. . .

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

          I got that. But why is Carlos Pena playing on the Red Sox on PS3?

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

            I was confused for a minute too. It’s not Mike’s fantasy team. He did a fantasy draft on the show. As in, every team picks their players and ends up with different rosters.

            • Jack

              Exactly. Video game fantasy draft = all the players get thrown into a pool and re-drafted. It’s like with fantasy baseball, except with real(virtual) teams.

            • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

              Ah, Ok. That makes sense.

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

      Ha. Definitely bringing my MW2 and some other games into gamestop for a credit towards The Show. I’m bummed they still don’t have the demo on PS3 though.

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

      Is the Show enough reason to buy a PS3? I don’t have a lot of time to play video games. Have the 360. Hated MLB2k9. Already have a Blu Ray player.

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

        MLB 2K10 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> MLB 2K9

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

          enough of a reason to get 2k10 and not PS3 + Show?

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

          I played the demo of 2k10 a bunch of times. I honestly think it’s horrible. The fielding isn’t smooth and the true mannerisms of players like Robbie are non existent.

    • Ivan

      Hahahahahahahahahahaha….That was NY Mets style rite there.

      • Rey22

        It’s not Mets style until you start walking their 39 year old closer

        • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

          with two other PAs in his career (5 if you count postseason)

    • http://phabfour.blogspot.com/ Double-J

      That’s my only issue with The Show for the last few years. No matter who you have as a closer, if it is a tight game, the CPU AI will always seem to get a clutch hit. It annoys the hell out of me, especially when pitching with Mo. :D

  • Rey22

    Anyone know when single game tickets go on sale? Is it usually mid-March?

  • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

    heh, I have the Brewers/Mariners game on in the background and Carlos Gomez just got tagged out on a stupid baserunning move. Memories…

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

      skip to 3:24

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

        Ahl give yah Uuughes, da kid who plays dah outfield, ahl give yah 4-5 guys.

  • Mike Pop

    Should I take Ben Zobrist or Jose Reyes for my keeper league…

    Any suggestions?

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

      Zobrist. Less risk, possibly better upside.

  • VO

    Hey guys fantasy question. 12 team league, half the people don’t know about fantasy and I ripped 2 guys off today because they thought Pudge, Magglio, and players like that were still good. So here it goes, tell me if it’s even possible to stop me.

    C- Weiters
    C- Miguel Montero
    1B- Prince Fielder
    1B- carlos Pena
    1b- Adrian Gonzalez
    2B- Utely
    2B- Kinsler
    3B- Chipper Jones
    3B- no one (yet)
    SS- Jeter
    SS- Elvis Andrus
    OF- Crawford
    OF- Nelson Cruz
    OF- Jay Bruce
    OF- Carlos Quentin
    OF- Kemp
    Util- Cano
    BN-Fukodome
    BN- Rasmus

    SP- King Felix
    SP- Johan Santana
    RP- Soria
    RP- Bell
    P- Josh Johnson
    P- Neftali Feliz
    P- Brandon Webb
    P- Joe Nathan

    I plan on trying to swap Cano for Zimmerman.

    • Mike Pop

      what is this, a 6 team league? Haha.

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

        I was guessing 4 teams.

        • VO

          That good?

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

            You have two of the best 1B, 3 of the best SP, probably the 3 best 2B, one of the best SS, and two strong C.

            • Mike Pop

              Yeah, the team is a little too good.

          • Jose

            You should tell the other members to put down the crack pipes.

  • The Evil Empire

    GUYS MOVIE “SUGAR” is on HBO now. Dominican baseball player trying to make it to the MLB.

    • Mike Pop

      I thought it was a good movie.

    • VO

      It was a good movie, I really liked the ending.

      • Andy_C_23

        Great movie, terrible ending

        • VO

          Why didn’t you like the ending?

          • Andy_C_23

            I was hoping to see him get to play in The Stadium, or at least some ML park.

  • Joe D

    What do you guys think about Chris Volstad in a keeper league?

    • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

      depends on the depth of the league, of course, but off the top of my head i’d say that the 1st half of volstad’s work was fluky and unlikely to be replicated. he’s more like the guy you saw messing up your team in the second half of the year.

      so, i dont want any part of him.

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

    Getting rejected in a trade offer for Chris Paul the day before he got hurt, and then picking up Collison the day after was the luckiest shit ever for my fantasy team this year.

    How the hell did Collison drop to the 2nd round?

  • Jose

    James Cameron congratulates his ex-wife:
    http://i.imgur.com/MjeKX.jpg

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

      I still can’t get over how good she looks at 59 (or 58), and how James Cameron keeps downgrading his wives. As he gets richer, shouldn’t he be upgrading?

      • Jose

        He created Avatar to explore visual technology. Eventually he will have the ability to digitally enhance his wife to an appropriate level to match his wealth.

        • Poopy Pants

          I’m waiting for him to explore writing a decent script.

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

    Pictures from Spring Training! (not Yankees)

    http://www.puristbleedspinstri.....ing-fling/

    • Jose

      I would just like to remind everyone how historically good Pujols is. He has had just one season out of his eight with a WAR under 7.7, and that was his rookie season. He still managed a 6.6, what a player.

      • Jose

        Check that, a 6.1

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

          Heh. He struck out twice in the game.

          • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

            didn’t it turn out he had some kind of bad back sprain or something?

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

              Could be, I didn’t pay attention.

            • Jose

              “He’s not going to make the trip tomorrow,” manager Tony La Russa said. “We’ll definitely give him tomorrow. Even if we were playing at home, I don’t think he’d play. We’ll see how he feels on Wednesday.”

              Doesn’t sound too bad, probably something he might play through during the year.

      • Accent Shallow

        Well, right now he’s Frank Thomas with a little less bat and a lot more glove. If he keeps this up, well . . .

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

      Is that where the Marlins play? My buddy lives 10 minutes from where the Fish play in Jupiter.

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

        Yep.

  • Hangoverologist

    Proof Al is awesome:

    I used the chart that Mike had earlier today and plugged in Al’s hits at YSIII into some of the pitcher’s parks out west, and it turns out he would have mashed at least 19 or more if he played half his games at those parks. At AT&T, he would have hit 21 homers and four would have gone out to the water.

    • Hangoverologist

      Slight error, he would hit 19 homers and four would still have gone into the bay.

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

    So it’s March 8th and Chapman is throwing 100 MPH? Somewhere mryankee sheds a tear.

    But is there any doubt Baker will run him out there for 140 pitches on opening day?

    • Hangoverologist

      Dusty Baker should be forced to take the mound on Opening Day, three days after that, and for a regularly scheduled start. He should throw at least 210 pitches per start.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Seriously, how many starts do you think AC will get in ’10?

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        I don’t think he should get any so I’ll go with the zero.

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

        If Dusty Baker is still the manager? Probably just 1.

        I’d say >>>National League, so who knows.

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

          Hmmm. My post got eaten. The Cuban baseball league>>>>NL.

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

    Consider Pedroia’s line by age 25: 481 games, .307 batting average, .370 on-base percentage, .855 OPS, 191 extra-base hits.

    Check those stats against history, and you’ll find only two second basemen with comparable numbers by age 25. One was Tony Lazzeri, who played for the Murderers’ Row Yankees and turned 25 in 1929. The other was Larry Doyle of the 1912 New York Giants.

    Maybe it’s just me, but wouldn’t you consider before the age of 25: 414 games, .314/.346/.489 .835 OPS with 176 XBH at least comparable?

    • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

      It gets even better. Run Pedroia’s numbers against 25-year-olds regardless of position, and you’ll generate a list of some of the best players in the game: Hanley Ramirez, Miguel Cabrera, David Wright, Albert Pujols, Vladimir Guerrero and Derek Jeter.

      Ohhhh Edes.

      • Jack

        Just ignore the rest of the list for a minute.

        Pujols through 25: .332/.416/.621, 167 OPS+
        Pedroia through 25: .307/.370/.455, 111 OPS+

        Dustin Pedroia’s career high OPS+ is 122. Albert Pujols’s career low is 151.

        Dustin Pedroia and Albert Pujols = not comparable.

        • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

          Yeah, let me check that out.

          Pedroia through 25: 111 OPS+
          Pujols through 25: 167 OPS+
          Hanley through 25: 138 OPS+
          Miggy through 25: 140 OPS+
          Vladdy through 25: 146 OPS+
          Wright through 25: 139 OPS+
          Jeter through 25: 121 OPS+

          Whiskey tango foxtrot.

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

            I just reread what he wrote. Run Pedroia’s numbers against 25-year-olds regardless of position, and you’ll generate a list of some of the best players in the game.

            Technically that means nothing. While he certainly was implying that Pedroia’s numbers stack up, he didn’t actually say it. So now my question is, did he intentionally do that knowing that Pedroia’s numbers clearly don’t stack up, but by painting it with a broad brush, it helped his article?

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

              Eh, don’t hate. Pedroia has good numbers. I still say fuck em, granted. But we need to recognize he is pretty good(in Fenway).

              http://www.baseball-reference......;t=b#hmvis

              ha. he’s nothing special out of fenway.

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

                He’s a damn good player, but he simply doesn’t compare to those other guys other than Jeter(especially since Edes was considering offense only, not position or defense), and Edes suggested it, but didn’t really say it.

              • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

                I like Pedroia a lot more than most Yankee fans do. He’s one of very few Red Sox I can stand. He’s largely a product of Fenway and he didn’t deserve that MVP, but he wasn’t a terrible choice and he is a good hitter. He’s one of the best 2B in baseball and possibly the best 2B in the AL.

                That said, I don’t see what numbers you can use to say that Pedroia is comparable to Albert Goddamn Pujols. OPS? OPS+? WAR? WARP? VORP? None of those. OH WAIT, IN 2008 PEDROIA SCORED 118 RUNS AND PUJOLS ONLY 100!!! Pedroia > Pujols. BOOM!

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

        I loved the cherry picked stats, including age. Here’s how mine goes:

        Consider Steve Woodard’s line as a 22 year old after 1 start. 8 innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, 12 k’s and a win. When you look at that start througout history, it’s much more impressive. The start of Woodard’s career puts Roger Clemens, Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux, Steve Carlton and many others to shame. Quite simply, Woodard, based on the statistics I gave you, is well on his way to becoming the greatest pitcher of all time.

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

    This might be a very obvious point, or maybe nobody has thought ahead this far. Anyway, some have suggested that if Montero can’t stick at catcher, you could DH him until Tex’s contract expiresand then move him to 1B. Jesus will only be 27 when that happens.

    Here’s the thing. Chances are Jesus gets a cup of coffee this year, and stays on the roster next year and thereafter. That sets his FA clock to expire right when Tex’s contract expires.

    If he’s only a DH to us, but a 1B to someone else (like the Marlins) and a big pitcher like Josh Johnson were to become available, you could deal him, acquire Johnson, and then sign Montero to be your 1B for 2017 when Tex’s deal expires.

    Just a thought.

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

      But if Montero hits like we think he’ll hit, someone’s gonna sign him to a huge extension

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

        If the Marlins do, that will just means he gets traded before he earns any real money. And I guess we could be involved there as well.

        I just thought it was worth noting that his FA clock and Tex’s deal should line up perfectly.

      • Christos

        Not if he’s on the marlins

    • Jose

      I haven’t decided what to eat for lunch tomorrow. There are far too many unknowns to predict what happens in 2017.

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

        Yeah, I know. Just a thought.

    • ROBTEN

      The problem is that this would presuppose knowing that he absolutely can’t stick at catcher, which has in no way been determined. I also don’t know that it’s guaranteed that he’ll make the roster next year. However, even if he were guaranteed to come up for good next year and remain at DH, wouldn’t he replace Johnson and thus provide significant value to the team over the next 7 years? Regardless, I think that you have to give him every opportunity to remain at catcher before giving up and moving him (with the presumption that you could just sign him back again later).

      But, what do I know. I’m one of those people that believes that you need to give Hughes and Chamberlain years before giving up on either as a starter, while others (see, Olney) have made their decision based upon the results of 2 innings in spring training.

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

        Hypothetical. Just play along.

        • ROBTEN

          Ok, but my point was that if the hypothetical presupposes that he’s worth signing again in seven years because he has developed into the kind of other-worldly talent at the plate that he’s projected to be (just not at C), and that he’s going to do so starting next year when there is a potential roster spot available for him (at DH), then I’d argue for keeping him and going after a free-agent like Lee.

          A more difficult hypothetical situation is if you were offered a young, front-of-the-rotation starter for Montero right now, knowing that, for all his talent, he is still raw and might not reach his potential, would you do it then.

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

      imo, a thought that doesn’t bear thinking for quite some time.

  • Hey ZZ

    Beckett likes the atmosphere the Sox created and a Beckett-Lackey-Lester threesome has a Maddux-Glavine-Smoltz feel to it.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....n_bec.html

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

      Not a Smolz-Penny-Dice K feel?

      • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

        laughing SO HARD.

      • Jose

        The Red Sox had enough pitching depth for all of MLB. Greatest. Rotation. Ever.

    • Jose

      What happened to sports writers who don’t have grandiose delusions?

      • ROBTEN

        They live quiet lives of repose in their garden apartments.

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

      Really? Not a Kofax-Drysdale feel?

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      …Seriously?
      Al 3 were sub-3 ERA pitchers in their primes. The only Boston pitcher with a chance of being that in 2010 is Lester.

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

        All 3 are no doubt HOF’s. These 3, not so much.

        • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

          that’s what YOU think

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          Come on Steve, Josh Beckett and his postseason clutchness in unparalleled to many in the league except for perhaps the bulldog otherwise known as John Lackey.

          • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

            most clutchifferific postseason pitchers EVAH:
            1. Josh Beckett, now, always, 4-eva
            2. Schilling and his ketchup? red paint? bloody sock heroics
            3. Lackey, because he won a Game 7 one time

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

              0. Casey Kelly

              • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

                that just goes without saying.

  • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

    As long as we’re talking fairly delusional Boston writers, here’s the CHB himself:
    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....tle_bland/

    Waaaaah?

    • Jose

      “The Jack Daniels-swilling Kevin Millars and Johnny Damons have been replaced by robotic J.D. Drews and Jon Lesters.”

      What? I don’t even…

      • Jose

        If Dan Shaughnessy covered the Mets:

        The cocaine snorting Keith Hernandezs and Dwight Goodens have been replaced by the injuries of the Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltrans.

        • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

          There are literally tears coming out of my eyes because I am laughing so hard and I don’t know why.

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

        Maybe he can suggest a pie throwing AJ Burnett for a robot Jon Lester trade.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

        He nailed this part…

        The Sox were America’s Team for a few years. ESPN was their flagship station…

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          Nope still wrong.

          The Sox were America’s Team for a few years. ESPN was is their flagship station…

          • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

            Still wrong.

            The Sox were America’s Team for a few years. ESPN was is their flagship station…

            • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

              Wow I fail.

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      The Fenway sellout string is at 550 and counting. Sky-high-priced tickets are still difficult to acquire.

      How does that signify popularity? If the Yankees cut ten thousand seats they’d have a sellout chain too. And why are expensive Red Sox tickets a good thing while high priced Yankee tickets means that they don’t care about the fans and only cater to the rich?

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      And it’s hilarious a Red Sox fan trashes Dan int he second comment with 92 people recommending that post.

      Wow. Maybe there’s a slight glimmer of hope in Boston fans. But he did later on say that Pete Abe is “excited” to follow baseball.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Nyger Morgan and Brian McCann for Bengie Molina and BJ Upton. Who’s getting screwed?

    Note: It’s NOT a keeper league.

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

      The Molina/Upton side is getting screwed, especially if OBP/OPS are categories. Mcann is Mauer-lite.

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        So I shouldn’t go through with the trade? I’m the one giving Molina and Upton. OPS isn’t a category but OBP is. And Molina’s .285 OBP is ugly.

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

          Morgan>>>>>>Molina.

          Upton Mccann is tough. U get sick performance out of C with Mccann.

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

          No, I’d definitely trade for the Mccann/Morgan side. Upton has upside, but you can really only count on him for steals at this point, which Morgan will provide given 500 ab’s.

          • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

            Yeah those my thoughts too but I don’t want to screw up since this league is for moneys. Thanks. You too Drew.

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

    Curt Schilling weighs in on Global Warming, and compares the scientists to Mark McGwire.

    http://38pitches.com/

    Pure, fucking gold.

    • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

      a. Curt looks downright handsome in that photo of him at the top. (throws up everywhere)
      b. Oh and for what it’s worth noted baseball expert Peter Abraham said that I think the Sox should sign Josh because he ‘tries really hard’. Apologies on my part since I obviously thought that teams only consider a player ‘trying really hard’ when committing 75 or so million, not withstanding his 65-34 regular season record, him basically carrying the team to the 2007 WS title, the fact that he’s only going to be 31, ya Peter my apologies for not having the insight into a players makeup or the teams process like the ‘experts’ over at the Globe.
      HOLY CRAP IS CURT IN A FIGHT WITH INTERESTED READER?!?!?!

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

        You know who Curt Schilling needs to pay a visit to?

        drfat

        • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

          I giggled, but also, I am pretty sure he already saw that doctor.

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

            You’re right, he needs to see drsucksoutthefat.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    So I said today was gonna be a crappy day? It totally wasn’t. I subbed in an art class. So easy.

  • Reggie C.

    So are the Rays thinking to move Carlos Pena if the team is stuck in third place at the trading deadline? Rays just signed Hank Blalock in a possible platoon DH role (rotoworld).

    Any shot Boras lets Pena take a likely below-market extension from the Rays? Do you guys think the rays just let Pena walk at the end of 2010 if Boras is indeed determined to see Pena hit the market?

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

      I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they move him and try to move Crawford, though I guess it depends on what type of FA’s they’d be, they may just offer them arb and take the picks. That being said, I think the Rays window might be closed after this year (I see the Orioles leapfrogging them by 2012), so they may keep the team together to try and win, then throw out a $30 million payroll team next year with Pena and Crawford gone.

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

      Pena hasn’t made much money. No way he takes a team friendly deal. He bout to get paid.

      • chriskeo

        According to Cot’s he has made about $31 million.

        / Just the Facts’d

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

          I count 23 including a 2 million signing bonus.
          http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.c.....25321.html

          correct me if I’m wrong I didn’t put much effort into my search.

          • chriskeo

            I didn’t either, but I’m gonna guess I counted 2010, you didn’t.
            I wasn’t trying to disprove any point, just throwing out a number.

  • Aj

    Since some people are doing their fantasy picks…anyone have thoughts on my team? 12-team mixed Yahoo 5×5 league.

    C – Russell Martin/ Miguel Montero
    1B – Prince Fielder
    2B – Jose Lopez
    SS – Jeter
    3B – Evan Longoria
    OF – Granderson
    OF – Adam Lind, Nelson Cruz, Alex Rios, Corey Hart, Jason Heyward

    SP – Felix Hernandez, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Matt Garza, Jeff Niemann, David Price, Max Scherzer

    RP – Heath Bell, Mike Gonzalez, Jason Frasor, Octavio Dotel

  • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

    if anyone’s really bored:
    http://neutralxe.net/esc/vision_play.html
    Have fun.
    (there are plenty of walkthroughs if you Google)