May
15

Open Thread: Another series win

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"Ladies." (Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP)

Another home game, another rock solid win for the Yankees. Whenever the Twins play in the Bronx, they must feel like the Yanks felt all those years playing in Anaheim. This series is already in the bag, so tomorrow’s house money day with The Sergio Mitre Experience on the mound.

I recommend going out and enjoying yourself on this gorgeous Saturday evening, but if you’re stuck in front of a computer, then use this as your open thread. The Mets-Marlins are on WPIX, plus the Cardinals-Reds (MLB Network) are on as well. Anything goes, so have at it.

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

    Any time I get the urge to complain about how poorly the Yankees play in Anaheim, I’ll remind myself that Minnesota is 3-25 in Gardenhire’s tenure at Yankee Stadium

  • Brett

    Yea along those lines can the Yanks play the Twins at home more often?

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

    Going to my first game in the YS III tomorrow. You aren’t allowed in your seats until 2 hours before first pitch, right? Also, does anyone know about what time the Yanks usually take BP for a 1 o’clock game? Also the visiting team? I’d like to watch Mauer take a few swings in the cage.

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

      BP is about 1 hour before game time. About 15 minutes or so for both teams, and then about a half hour wait until the game actually starts. So if you want t5o catch it, get there at least an hour early.

      BTW-Watch Mo play CF, he’s a natural out there. Jeter’s fun to watch as well, very methodical.

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

        Edit-According to Matty, it’s earlier now. I haven’t been to BP in a long while.

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

        Nice, thanks. I’m going to get up there by 11 so I can walk around and what not.

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

          Oh, definitely do. Make sure you check out the museum, it’s right upstairs on the 2nd level when you enter Gate 6 (161+River). Ruth and Gehrig displays, and a big glass display of balls signed by a zillion Yankees. It’s fun to just read them all and see how many you recognize.

  • Eirias

    Ah, the Mets. John Maine has decided the Marlins should go for a walk. Can’t win for losing.

  • Teix is the Man

    Does Hughes go on Monday, and Sabathia on Tuesday?

  • WIlliam

    If Johnson’s surgery fails, and he’s out ’til end of July, do the Yankees make a trade?

    • Zack

      I’d say yes, but who depends on what teams fall out of the race. And someone who’s on an expiring deal.

      Say if the White Sox fall out of the playoffs, Konerko is on the last year of his deal and I doubt they’d offer him arbitration at his age and salary. A player like that.

      • Eirias

        Kenny Williams does like giving us players…

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

          Cashman should call him up right now and offer Wilson Betemit and Jeff Marquez.

          Oh, wait…

      • V

        Here’s the thing, though: who do the Yankees have to trade? Hughes/Joba/Montero/Gardner are pretty much off limits, I’d think, and I doubt the White Sox want relievers.

        • WIlliam

          Romine’s off limits as well.

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

      Why? Jermaine Dye is still out there, as is Pat Burell.

      But I think the Yanks really like the Cervelli catch/Posada DH thing, for a lot of reasons.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      Adam Dunn. That just happened!

  • theyankeewarrior

    Lets assume that Nick Johnson will never bat again for the Yankees.

    (Which is not a bad assumption)

    Who can Cashman target as a primary DH for the second half/playoffs? Suggestions?

    • WIlliam

      JInx.

    • WIlliam

      Just re-read. Johnson will bat again. He’s out worst case through July.

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

        He won’t pick up a bat until August if it’s worst case. That means he wouldn’t join the big club until middle to end of August.

        • WIlliam

          Okay, but the point is he’s not out for the season.

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

            Let’s be real though. If he ends up missing 3 months (May, June, July), it wouldn’t be prudent to rely on him coming back and performing.

    • nsalem

      godzilla

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        Doing terribly.

    • larryf

      Jorge Posada

      • Ken

        I agree with Posada DHing. Get rid of Juan Miranda and bring in a catcher to back up Cervelli. It will improve the defense and keep Posada’s bat in the line-up.

        • whozat

          Aaaaand shorten the lineup. A lot.

          • poster

            This.

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

            Annnnd definitely improve the defense and (possibly) the pitching.

    • yoo-boo

      Lance Berkman may be another Swisher. Low BA but high OBP with 25 HRs production from both sides. No trade clause with 2011 option. He is quite expensive.

      Jon Cantu is a HR hacker for just 6M. he had dealt with arbitration twice. Not sure he is up for another arbitration or finally becomes FA after this season.

      Jason Kubel? I dont like him.

      I dont see any good option for Yanks this moment unless Jermaine Dye willingly lowers the price tag to play for the contending team as DH/RF.

      Johnson will return from wrist surgery in August so how well will he rebound in a little time? I hope Juan Miranda hit well during NJ’s absence. If Miranda cant then Yanks need to transfer NJ to 60 day DL in order to purchase either Weber or Winafee as either W will take Miranda’s spot in bigs.

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        Lance Berkman isn’t really much like Swisher because we absolutely stole Swisher. People know Berkman is good and he will cost a lot more.

  • Eirias

    Got Alan Wake early. This is going to be one spooky game.

  • WIlliam

    What a tag by the Marlin’s catcher.

  • WIlliam

    What is WPIX? Why isn’t it SNY?

    • Eirias

      WPIX is the local CW network station in NY. Weekend Mets games are sometimes shown on it, much like there are Yankees games on MY9.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    NHL playoff action is tomorrow, not today, you got me all excited……

  • sleepykarl

    I wish Nova would start tomorrow instead of Mitre. May not be a more logical start, but it would be more interesting.

    • mike c

      he will probably come in if mitre implodes tomorrow

  • Zack

    Dontrelle Willis has 7 BB in 3.1 IP. Ugly

  • Riddle

    Not sure if everyone has already seen this, but it gave me a chuckle…

    http://www.theonion.com/articl.....den,17436/

    • sleepykarl

      “Never bothered to throw a perfect game on Mother’s Day when his Mom was still alive.”

      That one got me.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I was at the Stadium today and it was absolutely gorgeous.

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

      Yo Matt, you know what time the Yanks usually take BP on the weekend?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I got to the stadium at around 1130 and they were just about to wrap up BP when I was arriving.

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

          Oh damn, thanks. Like I said to Steve a few posts up, I’ll get there by 11 so I don’t miss it.

  • zs190

    Pat Burrell just got released. I know he’s been horrible this season but the guy has a track record, he seems healthy, and in a few days he’ll only cost the pro-rated minimum. Worth kicking tire on as a DH if Johnson needs surgery?

    • WIlliam

      If he’s at the minimum, I’d think he’s worth a shot.

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

      Last year in 120+ games, he only out OPS’d Winn by 11 points.

    • NYC

      He has no bat speed. No thanks.

  • sleepykarl

    Can anyone think of a reason Manuel is hitting Pagan in the 3 hole over Wright or Davis?

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      At least he’s batting Reyes in the leadoff spot, he got one thing right.

  • larryf

    Don’t know what time the Yanks take BP-gotta be around 10:30/11. The gift shop opens at 10 on Sundays and as of last week when we visited there were no Gritsky shirts or jerseys to be found.

    RIDICULOUS!!!

  • sleepykarl

    Also, where does Det get their endless supply of nondescript white guys to fill out their OF (Rayburn, Casper Wells, Boesch, Kelly, and Clete Thomas)?

  • VO

    Does anyone here have a good article on the physics of baseball?

  • Jack II

    Pat Burrell was an unmigitated disaster with the Rays, so to beat all other Yankee fans to the punch (and not because I’m actually being serious about this)

    should the Yankees consider going after Burrell?

    • Jack II

      I wasn’t first.

      Forget this post.

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

      Nah, it’s not a great use of a roster spot to carry a DH-only player. I’d rather leave things as is and try to improve the bench depth somehow, which they really could use.

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

      At this point in his career he has a reverse split and carries a Winn-ian OPS.

      Last year vs Lefties, he was out OPS’d by almost 220 points by Thames.

      Not worth the roster spot IMO.

      Too bad it will take too much to get Berkman.

  • yoo-boo

    For fun, What would happen to Vazquez if he continued fucking up.

    3 way trade.

    Yanks: Oswalt.
    Mets: Vazquez.
    Astros: SPs Nova and McAllister (Yanks), OF Martinez and 1B/OF Murphy (Mets).

    Oswalt is almost 2 years younger than Vazquez but is owed for about 12M in 2010 and 16M in 2011 plus 2012 16M option (2M buyout).

    2010 rotation: Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte, Oswalt, Hughes.
    2011 rotation: Sabathia, Burnett, Oswalt, Hughes, a rookie.

    Granted sticking with Vazquez until the season is over and then signing Lee is a lot of cheaper than taking Oswalt’s final 2 season contract, but Vazquez’s struggle can kill the bullpen, especially with Burnett being wild and Hughes possibly dealing with tired arm later in the season.

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

      I’d be real careful about Oswalt. Slight build (6′ 185) for a starter, 33 years old this August, GB rate has been dropping for the past 2 seasons. That’s a stock that’s ready to tank at some point soon. Good time to sell, not a good time to buy.

      • yoo-boo

        for some reason I thought he was 31 years old. forget him.

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

      Oswalt is a douche. Talked shit about Alex. Pass for me.

    • Accent Shallow

      Why would the Mets do this?

      • JMK

        You mean you wouldn’t give up your star prospect outfielder for half a season of a pitcher that’s struggling and going to hit FA?

        Then again, it is the Mets…

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

    If the Cubbies continue to fall out of contention, I’d love to make a run at D-Lee. Not sure if he’d be happy only DHing, and it may cost as much as Berkman so I’m not sure it would work. But I can dream..

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

    Writing novels is hard.

    Just FYI.

    • poster

      I know.

      Boy, do I know.

  • poster

    Anyone watching Cards-Reds? SHIT, that was some ending!

    • V

      That Mike Leake is something.

  • Eirias

    Run Prevention in Detroit!

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

      Just goes to show how volatile relievers can be from year to year. I really liked Ram-Ram last season.

      • V

        I do love it when Ramon A. Ramirez and Ramon Ramirez relieve each other.

  • WIlliam

    Wow, Sox just gave up a walk-off 4-pitch bases loaded walk. Just wow.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      to the #9 hitter.