Game 104: Bartday

For This Fan, a Homecoming
Handicapping the AL Cy Young Race
Original via AP, Photoshop via Mister Delaware.

Hopefully Bartolo Colon‘s got a perfect game in that arm today, because this lineup … sheesh.

Brett Gardner, CF
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Mark Teixeira, DH
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, 3B
Jorge Posada, 1B
Chris Dickerson, LF – why sit Granderson vs. Tillman (RHP) in the day game but start him vs. Britton (LHP) in the night game?
Frankie Cervelli, C

Bartolo Colon, SP

The first game of today’s doubleheader starts at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

The Experience Update: Via Marc Carig, Sergio Mitre has a nerve issue in his pitching shoulder. There’s no structural damage, but he’ll need to undergo more tests. I’m no doctor, but “nerve issue” just sounds scary. Hopefully everything goes well.

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For This Fan, a Homecoming
Handicapping the AL Cy Young Race
  • Pat D

    That must be why Mitre was so terrible.

    Also, what burger is that? Is that a BK Double Stacker? Couldn’t find a picture of the Quad Stacker? Seems funnier.

  • Jack Merridew

    Let’s play two and win two. Subpar lineup so that means at least 8 RS.

    • Hardy

      Good call.

    • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

      Yup, good call.

  • Cy Pettitte

    my reaction to that line up

    http://i.imgur.com/6dH4c.gif (sfw)

  • Jose the Satirist

    Has anyone else been a bit bored by this trade deadline? It doesn’t feel like it has the excitement it normally does. I mean that for all teams, not just the Yankees.

    • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

      Personally I haven’t been bored (not that much has happened), but I think the trade deadline has been muted out by my interest in NFL free agency. There’s always a lot of talk, but many of the deals that are made/will be made often go right down to the wire on the 31st.

  • landale

    Dickerson is playing because he is the mostly likely candidate to be sent down to make room for Nova after this game is over.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Does anyone else think Chavez should bat 2nd?

  • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

    That picture is cold blooded (but well done).

  • A-ROD fan

    Ahhhh giraldi rulesss…

  • wow

    How has Britton done lately? Is he still dominating?

    • Mike Myers

      was in the minors after getting torn up twice. He was mostlty sent down to delay free agency.

      • Mike Myers

        *mostly

  • Mike Myers

    ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian was told by a source that “someone who should know told me that the Yankees are all over Ubaldo Jimenez.”
    It’s the opposite of what we’ve heard from others recently, as both SI.com’s Jon Heyman and FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported in so many words that the Yankees weren’t among the favorites. We certainly shouldn’t be surprised, though, if it’s the Bronx Bombers that make what could be the biggest trade of the weekend.

  • Cy Pettitte

    gonna be a big day for Bart if the zone is that big

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

    Oh boy, this strike zone is going to make for an interesting day.

  • Mike HC

    Best centerfielder in baseball!

  • Charles

    Wow really the B team out there, Dickerson/Cervelli/Nuny in the lineup, runs are gonna be hard to get today…

    • Ted Nelson

      Tillman is not hard to score on…

      • Ted Nelson

        And Nunez isn’t any worse offensively than Jeter at this point in their careers, nor is Cervelli that Martin recently.

  • Mike HC

    I have to say, I’m usually not one for gimmicks or catch phrases, but whenever I hear Colon is pitching, I can’t help but excitedly think, “Bartday!”

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Never let Nunie try to catch a ball.

  • Cy Pettitte

    bullshit

  • Charles

    Wow Jones totally swung on the HBP…

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking Nunez.

  • Erica

    Goddamnit Nunez.

  • Charles

    Yay Nunez….

  • Jack Merridew

    Include Nunez in that Ubaldo deal.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      They wouldn’t move him for Lee you think they move him for UJ.

      #heisuntouchable

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Nunez c’mon man

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Fucking Nunez

  • MikeD

    E-Nunez.

    • Cy Pettitte

      NuniEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

      • MikeD

        Even better!

  • FIPster Doofus

    Fist pump.

  • teddy

    lets be honest, yanks don’t care about winning with nunez in the lineup. get rid of him, he sucks

    • Esteban

      gerardi wants ta loose.

  • Charles

    Atleast Bart picked him up

  • Esteban

    I’m shocked Reynolds struck out. SHOCKED.

  • Just Nod If You Can Hear Me

    That’s the Mark Reynolds we know and love.

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Glad we kept him instead of trading for Lee. :/

    #stillupsetaboutit

  • Pat D

    I created a new quiz on Sporcle, all MLB players with 2000+ hits.

    Someone made a comment that Pujols would have to be added soon, and of course Pujols got hit number 2000 last night.

    Some idiot Cubs fan decided to turn the comments section into a forum to accuse Pujols of steroids rather than making actual comments about the quiz. I asked him to refrain and he basically told me to piss off. Needless to say I’m voting down his comments so that they’ll get hidden.

    This is why I hate the internet.

    • a.hinds

      well, has pujols ever used peds? we need to know!

      • Pat D

        That’s not the point. He should make comments on the quiz, nothing else. He claimed accusing Pujols of using PED’s is relevant to my quiz, which is most certainly not the case.

    • MikeD

      I wonder if he’d make the same accusations if Pujols signs with the Cubs next year?

      • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

        I wonder how big of Sammy Sosa fan he was?

  • Cy Pettitte

    these O’s pitchers are just too good.

  • karel capek

    I heard the Yankees are going to make a trade for the ghost of Buster Keaton. I hope Cashman takes a chance on this gritty veteran because I still believe he’s got gas in the tank. His fastball may not be what it once was but he’s still got good control on the curve ball. And another big plus is that he looks like David Cone and he’s a ghost.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa
    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      If it helps Bart I’m cool with it.

  • Just Nod If You Can Hear Me

    Over the middle of the plate?

    That’s a ball.

  • Brian S.

    Who did the Tigers trade for Fister?

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

      Furbush. Really.

      • Pat D

        Who would you say won that trade? I didn’t see why Seattle needed to trade Fister.

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

          I’m not sure why Seattle made it. They needed bats in the worst way, but Martinez is two years away.

          • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

            I think I’d rather have Furbush than Fister. Geez, these names sound like something from a porn movie.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Francisco Martinez, Casper Wells, Charlie Furbush and a PTBNL.

  • Cy Pettitte

    hard to hit a ball up the middle and get it past Bart

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    That was the fastest Jorge has run in a long time…

    • Brian S.

      This will be one of those games he tries to stretch a single into a double. He’s feeling it.

  • Just Nod If You Can Hear Me

    Different day, same shit show at the plate.

  • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

    Robbie is just oh so fucking smooth.

    • Brian S.

      He no try meng.

      • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

        It’s casual.

  • Jack Merridew

    That was strike 3. Ump is awful.

  • Just Nod If You Can Hear Me

    Strike six, you’re out!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Paul O’Neill could still hit a 434 foot homer off Arthur Rhodes

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    Vlad makes Cano look like Swisher.

  • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

    Am I just reading the balls of the bats really poorly or is the ball not carrying? Seemed like both Chavez and Guerrero put a lot more juice on their respective flyouts than where they ended up being caught.

    • IRF

      I was thinking the same thing

    • FIPster Doofus

      Same here. I thought Chavez’s would at least go for an XBH off his bat.

  • Cy Pettitte

    FIST PUMP!

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

    That … was nasty.

  • Brian S.

    Colon needs to keep that pitch count down.

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      I can’t tell if Colon is just slightly off, or if the ump has been creating the higher pitch count. Can’t get a grip on his strikezone.

  • Jack Merridew

    Bartolo struck out Markakis but that homeplate ump is terrible. Almost cost him a run or two.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Bunt fail.

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

    Huh, the sac bunt didn’t work. Weird.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    never never never never never bunt with Jorge on the bases

  • tut

    Free outs! Get your free outs here!

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

    Dickerson has to steal now. I’m 99% sure he did that on his own.

  • Kostas

    Wow… just saw the line up. Is Joe’s objective to actually win this game or give his elders time to let their vitamins absorb in their system?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cervelli?

    what.the.fuck

    lol.

    • Kostas

      Should have “Sterling’d” that comment….#predictingbaseball

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    It’s a Girardi move. He’d rather sacrifice one third of the offense to put the faster runner on base.

  • Jack Merridew

    LOL, Cervelli hits a double and we don’t score because of that idiotic bunt.

    • Jetrer

      ??? You assuming Dickerson would have got a hit???

    • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

      Huh? How you figure?

  • John

    Bunting in the 3rd inning against the Orioles??

    doesn’t that compare to waving a white flag?

    Niceee Cervi!!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    that better not cost us runs

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    Girardi’s genius continuing to pay off. If that was Posada, he would have tried to score and would have been out.

    And yes I’m kidding.

    • Jetrer

      in fairness to Girardi, that definitely did not look like a sac bunt.
      It looked like Dickerson was trying to bunt for a hit on his own.

      • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

        I know. That was most likely Dickerson’s call, hoping he’d catch the defense napping.

  • John

    the closer backstop just cost us a run.

    in the old stadium that ball would’ve rolled away and scored a run…why did they have to make things closer and different in this place…

  • King George

    Question: Going back to what Kay was talking about with a possible Nova/Hughes battle…IF the Yanks get Ubaldo, who would he replace in the rota?

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

      Has to be Hughes. Not even a question in my mind.

      • King George

        Relegation to the pen or sent down to SWB?

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

          I’d send him down. He’s not going to fix what he needs to fix by throwing one inning at a time.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Cashman is against that based on his comments on Hughes in 2009 and Joba in 2010 so I doubt they go that route.

    • Jetrer

      should be Hughes, but with Girardi’s logic, it might be Colon to the BP

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      …of course the decision could be made easy if Hughes is included in the trade.

      Agree with MikeA, it’s not even a question. Hughes has been the weakest. Perhaps a trip back to the pen where he only has to pitch an inning at a time will help him regain some velocity and confidence. It worked once before. I want to still see him as a starter, but no problem moving him to the pen for the last two months of this year.

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

    Woot. Gardner.

  • Cy Pettitte

    heyoooo gardy

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

      He can be the leadoff hitter today.

  • Daveyboy

    When did the Yankees decide to start swinging at the first pitcher EVERY TIME? Work the pitch count! And Brett, when you have a 2-0 count, don’t swing at one over your head!

    • Daveyboy

      But nice RBIs

    • Ted Nelson

      Brett Gardner is probably the last player in all of MLB I would lecture on discipline.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Mark Reynolds must have blue eves.

  • John

    Gardy comes through.

    and now he must steal

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Haha that graphic is awesome

  • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

    Fatty is throwing a fuckton of pitches here. Not good for twinbill bullpen issues.

    Would Tex have had that ball or was it well out of reach?

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

      Nah they were holding the runner at first. Tex wouldn’t have gotten there.

  • teddy

    i didn’t know yanks were in the give business, get 2 runs, give 1 run.

    no shutdown inning

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

    K, ground out, pls.

  • IRF

    Another popup would be nice right here

  • tom

    Hope the Yankees have some more runs in them. I don’t see Colon shutting them down from here.

  • Kostas

    Bartolo panic sets in and the Yankees cave to Rockies demand for Ubaldo – who performs as expected getting lit up by AL East competitors. Mission accomplished.

    • Jetrer

      and why would he be expected to get lit up by AL East?

      • Pat D

        Because he’s a pitcher who has never pitched in the AL, has questions about diminished velocity and doesn’t have all that much of a track record of success.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          Josh Beckett never pitched in the AL before he came to Boston.

          • Pat D

            And since he’s been in Boston he’s been bad, great, OK, good, terrible and now great again.

            That’s not completely good.

          • Kostas

            Josh Beckett and Ubaldo Jimenez comparison is the same as saying AJ Burnett is the same pitcher as CC Sabathia.

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

              It’s actually a pretty apt comparison. Look at Beckett’s numbers at the time of the trade.

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

          …doesn’t have all that much of a track record of success.

          Except for being one of the 15 best pitchers in baseball since the start of 2009.

          • http://deleted Total Dominication

            and he pitches in Coors.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            With a 3.50ish FIP in the NL. He doesn’t pitch deep in ballgames either. I’m not saying it sucks but he’s not a clear cut ace.

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              He doesn’t have to be a “clear cut ace”
              He just has to be a good #2 which is what we need.

              • JobaWockeeZ

                What do you pay for a good number two then? It’s serious, not snark btw.

                • Jetrer

                  well, it was 5 years/ $85Million for a bad #2
                  I can only imagine what a good #2 would cost

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

              He’s averaged 6.53 IP/GS since 2009. Sabathia’s at 6.99. Remember that Ubaldo gets pinch-hit for in the later innings.

            • Jetrer

              big difference between not a clear cut ace and “expected to get lit up by AL East competitors”

          • Pat D

            Sorry, I was largely being sarcastic/saying what the naysayers would say.

            Also, I saw an Andrew Marchand tweet today where he said “Big U is hot and cold…has had one ace half in his career.” So that’s where the track record statement came from.

          • Kostas

            But he pitches in the NL West. Not exactly even 1 grade below the AL East with three out of his four opponents containing players that would be periodic starters or bench players for teams like Boston, Yankees, Phillies.

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              He also pitches half his games in COORS FIELD. Even with the humidifier, it’s still a huge hitters park.

              • JobaWockeeZ

                Even if we put him in a neutral park his numbers don’t increase dramatically.

                • Jetrer

                  but do you think AJ, Garcia, Hughes, or Nova are better
                  Ubaldo would be easily at least the #3, and more likely the #2 on this team

                  • Ted Nelson

                    Easily #2.

                • Ted Nelson

                  Guy has a top 10 FIP and xFIP for 3.5 years now… how much better are you looking for his numbers to get?

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

                People spend way too much time focusing on the negatives and not looking at the bigger picture. You can find something wrong about anyone, there’s not such thing as a perfect pitcher.

                Ubaldo’s young, throws hard, misses bats, signed for dirt cheap. Try to find something better and you’ll be looking forever.

                • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                  Clayton Kershaw is better.

                  But seriously, I wasn’t criticizing Ubaldo. I was just saying that he pitches in Coors Field which is comprable to the AL east.

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

                    I know you’re not. I was just saying in general.

                    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                      Interpretation fail.

        • Ted Nelson

          ” doesn’t have all that much of a track record of success.”

          3.5 seasons at 27 years old isn’t much of a track record? What do you want, every 20 year old to be Doc Gooden?

          ” has questions about diminished velocity”

          He’s averaging 93.4 with his FB this season… let’s not act like he’s a soft tosser.

          • Pat D

            You missed the comment where I said I was being sarcastic.

            Calm down.

  • IRF

    How many innings can Noesi throw today?

  • Jack Merridew

    Start warming up Noesi. Bartolo hasn’t looked good today.

  • ItsATarp

    come on Colon

    • pat

      TWSS. It prevents pregnancy.

      • Tom Zig

        Comment of the day.

      • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

        Pat always delivers, haha.

  • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

    Is being fat a prerequisite to being a major league umpire?

    • Mike Myers

      Yes. Ugly Stash is a bonus.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      It’s a coincidence. The real basis of being an umpire is you are blind.

      • Mike Myers

        not fully blind. Like legally blind.

  • Cy Pettitte

    toooooooo many pitches

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Exhale.

  • Mike Myers

    Big K….he has one more inning in him at most…battle of the PEN!

  • Frank

    Colon’s weak performance this game may force the Yanks’ hand to get Jimenez.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Swisherian

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

    Decline that option and get a gamer like DeJesus in there.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      WE NEED TEH MELKMAN!!!

    • Pat D

      No, not DeJesus.

      Melky, duh.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Swish!

  • Jack Merridew

    Needed that. Great walk by Robbie, too.

  • Pat D

    Yay for Swish. Please don’t give this one back.

  • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

    Swishalicious!!!

    Chavez is a legit pro too. I really wish he could stay healthy.

  • Brian S.

    Swisher sucks because batting average.

  • Cy Pettitte

    #nicepieceofhitting

  • IRF

    Cervelli’s numbers are starting to look acceptable

  • Jack Merridew

    Banner day for Frankie.

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

    Cervelli and Posada are hitting just enough now to keep Montero down even longer.

    • Jetrer

      yeah, I think were going to have to wait til Sept. for Jesus

  • Rich in NJ

    Cervelli needs to get more of Martin’s AB if Montero isn’t coming up soon.

  • Yardisiak

    Montero will get called up soon enough…. By the Rockies but he will get the call.

  • tut

    Cervelli batting over .310 with R.I.S.P.

  • Cy Pettitte

    why don’t they shift for Teix?

  • teddy

    cano looks awful, one good at bat, then he has an awful one

  • Cy Pettitte

    Melky would have muscled that out.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I was just going to say that

  • Kostas

    Mrs. Swish must have given Mr. Swish some comfort food last night. Tearing it up.

  • Ted Nelson

    “why sit Granderson vs. Tillman (RHP) in the day game but start him vs. Britton (LHP) in the night game?”

    Among other reasons–resting Granderson in the sun, maybe optioning Dickerson for Nova–Tillman’s xFIP is a run higher than Brittons’s and Nova’s is a run higher than Colon’s… so offense should theoretically be more important for the Yankees in the second game.

    • Ted Nelson

      Not to mention that Granderson actually has a slight reverse split so far this season.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that guy got fucking owned

  • Jack Merridew

    Why didn’t that guy put his glove up? Instead, let it hit him right in the face.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    Those damn corporates not paying attention to the game

    /Msm’d

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

    IN THE FACE, IN THE FACE!!!

    • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

      Check out the Prince of Rabmunda.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Right in the face lmao

  • Cy Pettitte

    Chavez #awesome

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    He is soooo slow

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    The Lolineup is doing better than the serious one

  • Rich in NJ

    Two hits for Dickerson, one against a LHP.

    /you can’t predict baseball

    • Ted Nelson

      Chris Dickerson’s got a career .341 wOBA in 554 PAs. He’s had two seasons above 1.5 fWAR. I wouldn’t have predicted 2 hits necessarily, but I’m not surprised either.

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

        He’s solid, does enough of everything to be useful. The Yankees never had depth like this stashed in Triple-A. From about 1999-2008, they always had to scramble for a fifth outfielder or extra infielder after an injury.

      • Rich in NJ

        It’s merely a goof on a Sterlingism.

  • Jack Merridew

    LOL, 2nd comment of the game I said at least 8 RS with this subpar lineup. It always seems to happen this way. Tonight we’ll probably struggle to get 3.

  • Charles

    Good to see some RISP hits, w/ 2 outs makes it even more sweet.

  • Kostas

    Unless you can state the obvious like Joel Sherman, you should refrain from watching baseball:

    I have asked no fewer than 10 exec/scouts not working for #Yankees #Rockies is Jimenez an AL East ace and yet to hear 1 yes. Hence the dilemma #Rockies selling like ace, #Yankees not believing that is who he is, especially if has to move to AL East

    • Ted Nelson

      I don’t follow the MSM much, but this is honestly the first time I have heard someone refer to Joel Sherman in a positive light.

      I don’t think citing him helps your case.

      If you had an actual statistical argument for pitching in the AL East hurting performance… ok. And remember, as a Yankee he would not have to face the Yankees.

      What you’re using a voodoo argument that he will fall apart in the AL East because you say so and Joel Sherman says so. Stop. It’s illogical. It insults your intelligence and everyone else here’s. Stop.

      It also comes down to someone’s interpretation of an ace. If you want to say he’s not Roy Halladay or Cy Young… ok. If you want to say that he’s not a damn good pitcher, you are out on a ledge.

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

        Sherman’s a fantastic reporter, is one of the very best at reporting the facts. Anytime he starts analyzing stuff … yikes. If he doesn’t like you for any reason, he’ll trash you for all eternity.

        • Ted Nelson

          Thanks for the info.

          I should have just said that MLB execs are wrong an awful lot of the time as is asking them a somewhat loaded question, and avoided Sherman altogether.

      • Rich in NJ

        Of course, the only issues are what he’s worth and why does Colorado want to trade him given his very reasonable contract.

        • Ted Nelson

          My take, for what that’s work, is that Colorado wants to trade him mostly to get a great return. They see a situation where the Yankees are loaded with 3 top 25-40 talents in the upper minors, have questionable SP, and there’s not much on the market. Plus maybe there’s something to them not liking his attitude, so maybe they’re not going to lock him up long-term and dealing him while he’s still dirt cheap could help bring back more value.

          They were hoping that the Yankees or someone else–and there aren’t many someone else’s with this kind of upper minors talent–gives them the kind of package the Indians got for Colon. The kind of package that makes their team better.

          No player is untradeable. It took a few years, but the Rangers are a lot better now than they were with A-Rod, when they were among the worst in the league. Seattle stinks even with Felix. This isn’t the NBA where one LeBron can make you a contender. There are some players whose value is so high that it’s hard to see them getting traded as long as they’re affordable, but Ubaldo isn’t necessarily one of them. I would call him an ace and since he’s 27 the best might be yet to come, but he’s not the best pitcher in baseball or anything like that.

          • Rich in NJ

            It should be noted, however, that this supposed quest for a great return happens to coincide with a season in which Jimenez has underperformed while his FB velo has declined.

            For example, on 9/17/11 his average FB velo was 96.47; in his last start it was 93.31.

            That’s enough of a red flag to be very wary of giving up a “great return,” and to be very skeptical of Colorado’s motivation for trading him.

            • Rich in NJ

              that should be 9/17/10

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

              It’s worth noting that most Colorado pitchers have seen their FB velo drop this year, could be a ballpark gun thing. If they trade for him, maybe I’ll look into it further.

            • Ted Nelson

              If it’s a physical thing in his medicals or delivery I don’t see how the Rockies would know it and the Yankees wouldn’t see it on tape or when he takes his physical. I doubt the Rockies can do much more than speculate on his velo drop, unless it’s a radar gun thing or a conscious effort to take a little off to try to throw more strikes. Look at how clueless the Yankees were with Hughes’ injury. Could be, but I see no reason to believe that the Rockies scouts and Drs are significantly better than the Yankees’.

              There are examples of guys like Verlander who have velo dips for a year. Guys like Burnett in Toronto who take a couple MPH off the average FB and have better results.

              And he’s still throwing hard even with the dip in velo.

  • Cy Pettitte

    how is there no gif of the guy getting hit in the face yet? come on internets.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Kenny/O’neil tonight? That should be fun.

  • nycsportzfan

    WOw, Dante Bichette Jr goes 3-4 with a HR today.. Jesus!!!

    Bichette now hitting 619BA 3hr 21RBI 6double 1triple over last 10games, and is hitting 350BA on the season.. GCL scores 10runs again… What a fun teams boxscores to check out..

    • Cy Pettitte

      september call up! lol

      • nycsportzfan

        LOL

  • nycsportzfan

    WOw, Dante Bichette Jr goes 3-4 with a HR today.. Jesus!!!

    hitting 619BA over his last 10games.. batting 350BA on the season now… Dudes en-fuego.. 10runs for GCL yanks today.. Fun team to follow…

    • Urban

      Totally. Keith Law is still dismissive, saying the real prospects won’t sign until 8/15, so he probably feels like he’s playing against High School competition. He might be right, but can’t ignore how dominant he’s been since his slow start.

  • Michael Mirabella

    John Danks not available according to MLBTR.

  • Jack Merridew

    Paul O’Neill still hasn’t looked at Swisher’s splits. Probably thinks Jorge is hitting better right handed.

  • Jetrer

    wow is Paul O’Neil the most oblivious announcer ever
    Second time that he has said Swish needs to turn it around hitting right handed

  • Pat D

    Hmm. Does this mean Cory Wade is getting sent down? Can he be sent down?

    • Jetrer

      I doubt they send down Wade (not sure if they can or not). They probably just want as many fresh arms as possible available for the second game.
      Most likely Dickerson will be sent down

  • Jetrer

    Nice job by Wade

  • Karl Krawfid

    Great job Cory.

  • Wooderson

    i really like dickerson, seems like a good dude. am i wrong to think he could be a nice starter in the NL? looks like he had some good numbers when he had a cup of coffee with the reds.

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

      He was a platoon guy with the Brewers last year, played CF pretty regularly.

    • Urban

      It wouldn’t be surprising if he put up a decent year as a regular if he was given the chance. He’s had a couple of untimely injuries, or other events that have not quite helped him.

      Overall he was a excellent pickup for depth, especially since we got him for nothing, also known as Mitre.

  • Wooderson

    can somebody please post a side by side pic of andino’s pictures

  • A-ROD fan

    Why used the only lefty in the first game of doubleheader when the game is 8-3 in the 9th. GIRALDI RULESSS…….

    • Jetrer

      would you rather Logan pitch in a more important situation??

    • Urban

      Strategic move by Girardi. He removes Logan as an option in game two, increasing the team’s chance of winning game 2.

      It’s also possible he’ll use him again to face a batter.

  • IRF

    No need to warm Rivera, its 2 runners on with a 5 run lead

  • Charles

    Why would Joe burn our only lefty against no lefthanded hitters in game 1 of a double header? Why not throw Noesi, he hasn’t thrown in 3 days and he’s better suited for longer appearances

    • Jetrer

      need to save Noesi in case Nova gets knocked out early tonight
      Also, most of the Yankee RH relievers are better against LH than Logan is anyways

      • Jetrer

        and it wasn’t no lefthanded hitters. Markakis is lefty

  • Wooderson

    anybody watching mlb network? theres some sort of baseball game and theres literally like 10 people in the stands.

    • Urban

      There’s at least 15 people there.

      I have no idea what it is beyond it’s name: Breakthrough Series Championship. Seems like only relatives of the players attend.