Apr
01

Sunday Night Open Thread

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Ugly walls are ugly. (REUTERS/Joe Skipper)

The Yankees beat the Marlins 10-8 today in the first game between two big league clubs at the new ballpark in Miami. Of course it was still an exhibition game, so who cares. The place seems to play pretty small based on this one look; a lot of balls that looked routine off the bat just kept on carrying. Also, the lime green walls are just awful. Makes the grass look dead and just doesn’t work. Anyway, here’s the box score. There’s no other news to report from Florida other than Joe Girardi saying the Opening Day roster will be announced sometime before the off-day on Thursday. The minor league season starts that day, so … duh.

Here’s the open thread for the night. The Rangers are the only local team in action, and a win tonight will clinch the best record in the conference. Apparently Wrestlemania is on as well, and I know 12-year-old me would have been thrilled. Talk about whatever, go nuts.

Last Reminder: Remember to vote for the 2012 Prospect Watch if you haven’t already. I’m going to close the poll a little later this evening. Mason Williams has opened a sizable lead over second place Manny Banuelos, so all you Manny fans better get on it.

Categories : Open Thread
  • Jake S

    Where is my April Fool’s post? This is bullshit!

    • Rainbow Pinstripes

      I want my money back!

  • LiterallyFigurative

    I just want the dang season to start.

    Spring Training feels longer than the season some days.

  • vinny-b

    Tropicana Field looks nicer then this place. UGLY

  • Craig

    Too many color; too tacky. This place will be a ghost town in 4 years.

    • vinny-b

      or 2 years.

      • MannyGeee

        or June, this being the marlins and all

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s all about how Loria decides to treat the fanbase. There are now zero excuses as to stadium revenues, weather, etc. If he pulls a Huizenga, yup, he’ll quickly lose the latin fanbase he seems to be craving and, frankly, needs at this point. He’s bound to lose folks from Broward and Palm Beach counties by putting the stadium in the middle of Little Havana.

      A Miami stadium should be colorful and should make the rest of us slightly confused. The flamingo sculpture is, sure, garish, but it fits Miami a hell of a lot more than some AT&T Park type of thing would.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com/ Rebecca

    No April Fool’s joke?

    I am disappoint.

    • David N

      Those walls are the joke. And the Marlins’ new uniforms.

  • Antonio Osuna

    Marlins new stadium is horrendous

  • Esteban

    Game of Thrones and Mad Men. YES!

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com/ Rebecca

      Winter is Coming.

      • DM

        War is Coming first. Didn’t you get your raven today?

  • DM

    The Orix Buffaloes posted Kei Igawa. The Yankees were the high bidder.
    Cashman said “With the injuries to both Pineda and Cabral, we felt Igawa could give us some extra depth as either a starter or lefty specialist.” “We know what Kei brings us. He’s part of the Yankee family.”

    He’ll join the team tomorrow for the remainder of Spring Training then be sent to AAA to start the season.

    Through an interpreter, Kei Igawa said, “I’m excited to be part of the Yankee tradition. I will prepare to help the Yankees win another world championship.”

    • GardnergoesYardner

      Never too early to keep building on that AAA wins record, right?

  • Jcyanks

    Tim Kurkjian went on some rant on espn about how the Yankees rotation was horrible, even worse then the redsox’s. The video is on espnny. Like come on, the redsox have dubront bard at 3 and 4, the chicken and beer allstars at 1 and 2, and mr injury at 3. And they are better lol. Lost respect for Timmy. Comments?

    • Neil

      April fools?

  • http://none Dan7877

    Tim Kurkjian went on some rant on espn about how the Yankees rotation was horrible, even worse then the redsox’s. The video is on espnny. Like come on, the redsox have dubront bard at 3 and 4, the chicken and beer allstars at 1 and 2, and mr injury at 3. And they are better lol. Lost respect for Timmy. Comments?

    • vinny-b

      April Fool’s Day, i expect

    • GardnergoesYardner

      I don’t know how you ever had respect for “Timmy”. Listening to him is like listening to nails on a chalkboard. Even Olney has no idea what the hell he’s talking about.

  • Kevin G.

    With all this non-sense with Pineda, Hughes, and Joba over the past several years I’ve decided I’m done with young pitchers. Hopefully Cashman shares my sentiment and doesn’t acquire any pitchers that aren’t at least 30. Preferably, 35+.

    • Steve (different one)

      Sounds smart.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      So basically how they’ve handled things from the 2000s.

      • Kevin G.

        Maybe we can get Randy Johnson back.

    • Neil

      Right there in Hal Steinbrenner’s box is your answer!

    • Bo Knows

      good april fools

  • Billion$Bullpen

    That new Stadium (its a Stadium not a ballpark) is gross. The new manager is a tool. Their uniforms are a joke. Welcome to low class baseball at its finest.

    The comment in the post about the walls making the grass look dead was spot on. The tile on the walls around the seating area was about # 20 on the list of horrible looking stuff but I will point it out jus in case somebody missed it.

    That place reminds me of a newer version of that hole Montreal use to play in. Saw three games there before they tore it down and it was like watching a baseball game in a hockey rink.

  • Rookie

    Let’s see…. CC had a WHIP of 1.441 and 1.595 in August and September/October in 2011; he just had the highest WHIP for the entire year of 2011 (1.226) in the past six years; he’s crapped out in the past two postseasons with a WHIP of 1.333, 2.100, and 2.077 in his last three postseason series; and he’s had a WHIP (by my calculation) up near 1.400 this Spring. That’s after he just had a second procedure on his knee after last season, and he’s now signed through 2016 at nearly $24 million per year — 2017 unless his left shoulder (?!?) puts him on the DL for too long or ends his 2016 season, with no contingency for his knees being sound (?!?).

    When should Yankee fans start to worry that his contract could become an albatross contract around the neck of the team second only to ARod’s in weight?

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

      … April Fool’s?

      • Rookie

        Please tell me what I got wrong/what I’m missing — either about his performance or his knees.

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

          You’re using WHIP. You’re missing everything.

          • Rookie

            What statistic(s) SHOULD I be using, Mike?

            And what were those statistics in the periods I mentioned?

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

              Look at his strikeout rate, his walk rate, his ground ball rate. WHIP doesn’t tell you anything, it says a walk is equal to a homer.

              • Rookie

                Point taken, Mike. Thank you.

                But FWIW, his ERA in most of those periods wasn’t so hot either. (Small sample size warning…)

                August 2011 ERA 4.68
                September/Oct. ERA 3.08 (outlier)
                Last two years’ post season series ( three post season series in all) he had ERAs of 4.50, 6.30, and 6.23, respectively.
                And I gather his ERA this Spring was around 5.00.

                And I didn’t say his WHIP was awful in 2011, just that it was the highest he’s had in six years.

                And as I say in another post below, prior to the past two seasons, he’d been significantly BETTER in the second half for the prior six years and often talked about how that was his way.

                As I asked in my first point, at what point should the pattern painted by nearly ALL of those things become a source of concern?

                It obviously worries me NOW — actually before he opted out and signed his extension. But it apparently doesn’t worry anyone else. The years will show whether my worries are justified or not.

                • Needed Pitching

                  considering CC had a great overall seasons in 2010 and 2011. Wouldn’t the small sample sizes of 3 postseason starts and one bad August be the outliers and not the great September?

                  • Rookie

                    Probably, Needed Pitching. The Yankees are obviously betting nearly $150 million on that premise.

                    Like I said, I’m probably wrong, and as a Yankee fan, I HOPE I am.

        • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

          Please tell me what I got wrong/what I’m missing — either about his performance or his knees.

          He had knee surgery after last year, too? I don’t remember it and I don’t have a failproof memory so I searched, but I can’t find anything about that.

          Also, looking at WHIP and no other stats? Really? Also, if his worst case scenario WHIP is 1.226 that’s you know not too shabby

          • Rookie

            I may be wrong about the timing, Mike. But here are two articles confirming he’s had multiple knee operations — the most recent one (it sounds like) PRIOR to the 2011 season. But it’s not clear to me how that timing does anything to undercut my argument.

            http://news.menshealth.com/cc-.....012/02/29/

            http://articles.nydailynews.co.....ff-outings

            • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

              Not Mike.

              Also, yeah, he had the surgery after 2010/before 2011, but you said he had it after 2011 too. Unless I read you wrong and by “last season” you meant 2010 and not 2011. Multiple knee surgeries isn’t the best thing ever, but I can’t find when he had the other one, and the one after 2010 was minor.

              If his 2011 was bad, that’d be reason to worry. If he needed another knee surgery after 2011, that’d be reason to worry. But it wasn’t, and he didn’t. There are other concerns, just because well, CC’s a pitcher and pitchers get hurt. But I think you’re overstating the impact of this thing in particular.

              • Rookie

                It’s not clear to me why a 280-pound man who’s already had multiple knee surgeries by age 30 wouldn’t be likely to have further problems. And then, when you add the late season meltdowns (in stark contrast to the prior five seasons when his performance was significantly better in the second half) and it’s even less clear to me why nobody worries about it.

                • 1stbase

                  I looked and can’t find anything except a surgery to repair a small meniscus tear in his right knee after the 2010 season, i see nothing on anything prior

                  • Rookie

                    I didn’t think a meniscus tear was a minor matter.

                    And I’m under the impression that knees are delicate, complex things that aren’t easily repaired — at least not to the point where they function like they originally did. But I’m sure lots of posters, probably you among them, know more about that topic than I do.

                    • Fin

                      A meniscus tear is very minor, it only cartiledge. Its an arthroscopic procedure, no open operation.

                    • Rookie

                      Glad to hear that Fin. (Broken Reply button again.) Thanks.

                • Needed Pitching

                  “when you add the late season meltdowns”

                  2010 second half: 3.29 ERA, 7.8 K/9, 2.82 K/BB
                  2011 second half: 3.44 ERA, 10.2 K/9, 4.9 K/BB

                  if those are meltdowns, sign me up for more meltdowns please

                  • Rookie

                    Congratulations on proving you can take seven words out of context and make them look silly. It’s the pattern.

                    If you care about accuracy, address the entire pattern listed above consisting of of seven or eight items — although, as I admit in my posts, nearly all or all suffer from being in the small sample size category.

                    If you prefer to play (more) games with words, take something else out of context. The choice is yours.

                    • CP

                      If you care about accuracy, address the entire pattern listed above consisting of of seven or eight items —

                      You mean the pattern that when you pick out his bad months and ignore the good months, he looks like a bad pitcher?

                    • Needed Pitching

                      I apologize if I misinterpreted your point. It seemed like you were trying to point to CC wearing down or performing poorly, which really isn’t supported by the facts. As for the other patterns, they aren’t patterns. He’s been bad the past 2 postseasons. He’s also had bad postseasons before that really 2009 was his only great postseason.
                      You mentioned 2011 being his worst full season WHIP in 6 years. He also had his best ERA, FIP, K/9, and BB/9 as a Yankee in 2011. He was better in 2011, not worse.
                      And spring training stats are meaningless, especially for an established player.
                      Seems about the only think to worry about is outside of 2009, he hasn’t been a very good postseason pitcher (though I’d think his performance in 2009 would be enough to convince anyone he is certainly capable of pitching well on the big stage)

                  • Rookie

                    That was actually a poor choice of words on my part, NP. I should have said sub-par performance for him.

                • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

                  They weren’t really problems, though. If he was missing major time, yeah, that’d be a big problem. But he’s one of the most durable pitchers in baseball and has been for a while.

                  Also, it’s one half-season of a “meltdown” versus a career of being really really terrific. You worry because he’s a pitcher and pitchers are always a risk, but I think you’re being unnecessarily Chicken Littley about this.

                  • 1stbase

                    Hard to call it a meltdown though when his second half was still pretty damn good

                  • Rookie

                    I hope so, bexarama. I hope so.

                    But with nine-figure contracts, I think teams are generally better off being safe than sorry. It’s the rare circumstance when long-term contracts to pitchers work out in the BEST of circumstances. When there are this many warning flags, I don’t understand why there’s not more concern.

              • Rookie

                Sorry, bexarama. I’m trying to respond quickly and get on to other things.

                My bad…

              • Rookie

                If he had the second surgery prior to the 2011 season, that would only make me MORE concerned. The numbers I quoted would make me suspect he’s in need of a THIRD surgery. If he just had it AFTER the 2011 season, you could argue that he might get a few very good seasons on his latest retread.

                • Rookie

                  …You know, three years or 700 innings, whichever comes first — or the Yankees get a pro-rated credit on surgery #3 or, even better, partial payment of CC’s almost $24-million per year contract.

                • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

                  If he had the second surgery prior to the 2011 season, that would only make me MORE concerned.
                  He did. He had his surgery after the 2010 season, before 2011.

                  The numbers I quoted would make me suspect he’s in need of a THIRD surgery.
                  What?

                  You’re acting like he had pretty major invasive knee surgery, and obviously I’m not there, but it wasn’t or at least it didn’t seem to be.

    • Rookie

      I honestly thought the Yankees would sigh in relief when CC opted out after last year, let him walk, and sign CJ Wilson and go hard after Darvish. For the life of me, I don’t understand why they didn’t.

      I don’t understand how they could be comfortable, under those circumstances, making what amounts to a $142 million bet on a 280-pound player’s knees. I can only conclude that they must know something very important/some very important things that I don’t. Otherwise, it looks like an incredibly risky bet to me with very little upside and a huge amount of downside.

      Again, CJ Wilson and Darvish looked like much better bets to me. But I’ve come to have a very high regard for the Yankees’ judgement in pitcher evaluation beginning last year. So they probably DO know some very important things that I don’t know. As a Yankee fan, I sure hope so.

      • Steve (different one)

        Very little upside? What?

        • Rookie

          It seems to me that the best case scenario is that he earns his contract. You think it’s better?

          The worst case scenario is that his recent performance is because of his knee(s), that the pounding of 280 pounds on 30-something-year-old knees doesn’t make them any better, and he doesn’t contribute value even REMOTELY approaching $24 million a year.

          Why should his knees get better as he gets older? Hasn’t he already had multiple procedures on them when he’s barely out of his 20s?

          • Steve (different one)

            He upside is that he delivers CY caliber pitching every year and pitches the Yankees to multiple championships.

            If he does that, he is worth well in excess of his contract. A title is worth tons of money to the Yankees.

            • Rookie

              That’s what he’s done in the past. His value is in the future.

              If the numbers I mentioned and the knee issues don’t worry you, you’re in good company. I don’t know of anyone other than yours truly who’s expressed ANY concern about it.

              Like I said, I’m probably the one missing something, not the Yankees, Mike, or you. But for the life of me, I honestly don’t know what it is or what it could be.

              • Bo Knows

                when did he have the other knee surgery? And what numbers, outside of a decent looking whip, you’ve shown nothing. CC has easily been one of the best pitchers in the world, that isn’t opinion that’s fact. He’s done nothing but deliver high quality starts, with a ton of innings. He’s been worth every penny he’s been paid, and has been everything we could have wanted in an Ace.

                • Rookie

                  Sorry for the duplicate post. I accidentally posted this at the end of the thread originally:

                  Again, that was in the past. I hope that what looks to me like a recent bad pattern in a brilliant career is nothing more than a blip.
                  Again, since I’m apparently the only one who thinks they see it, I’m probably the one who’s wrong. But it sure looks like a very worrisome pattern to me. And the few times I’ve seen him pitch lately, he looks very different to me — not the dominator he was in the second half of 2008 and 2009.

                  An ERA of 2.50 to 2.75 or less in the second half of this year and a couple of post season series with a similar ERA would make me think I might be wrong — although I still think discretion should have been the better part of valor when it came to re-committing $100+ million to him after he opted out following his second knee procedure.

                  By the way, one more indication to me of how much his performance has declined… According to Baseball-Reference.com, his average ERA the past two years, in 2010 and 2011 against teams with a winning record was 3.62 and 3.71, respectively.

                  • Rookie

                    If he does the things I mentioned this year, the pattern, whether real or imagined, would be no more.

    • Tim

      New Hampshire Pete is that you? The sky isn’t falling. CC also went 5-1 over 6 starts from July 5-Aug 1 allowing 6 runs over 47 ip. I’ll start getting worried about him in the future not when he’s still cranking out 230 ip and 20 wins a season. I don’t care about spring numbers.

      • Rookie

        And after August 1st?

        • Steve (different one)

          Just so we’re clear, the Yankees should have signed CJ Wilson because CC has some sub-par postseason numbers? I guess it’s ok that Wilson hasnt pitched well in the postseason, because that ruins the narrative?

          • JobaWockeeZ

            I’m just going to nitpick here and say that argumentation and narratives get confused way too much.

            • Steve (different one)

              Nitpick acknowledged

          • Rookie

            Wilson’s post season #s do make me nervous. But his VERY strong second half numbers — an ERA in the low to mid-2′s or less except for September/October of 2010 and July of 2011 — the past two years gives me comfort.

            And his contract of $15 million per year looks like it offers a much better risk/reward ratio given his value the last two years (according to FanGraphs) of $18.5 million and $26.5 million, respectively, with no serious health issues (none that I’m aware of anyway).

            The thing that worries me most about him, frankly, is that the Rangers let him walk. But (a)I understand they are loaded with pitching, and (b) even if signing Wilson is a bad idea, that doesn’t mean committing almost $24 million per year to CC for the next six years is a good one.

            • Tim

              Personally I think the reason Texas let Wilson go is they expect his arm to fall off. Cj’s ip last 7 years 48, 44, 68, 46, 73, 228, 251. I tend to agree that there is pretty good chance his shoulder falls apart.

              • Rookie

                Good point.

                • DM

                  I don’t think so. That doesn’t jive with the Ryan pitching philosophy at all. They don’t convert relievers to starters to break them. Pitch counts, innings limits and fears of wearing down isn’t part their scheme. If anything they’d believe the opposite.

                • Brian

                  Rookie is dumb, just plain dumb.

                  • Rookie

                    About many things, Brian. About many things…

                    By the way, great substantive argument. I’m sure it’s one of your best.

            • Needed Pitching

              “that doesn’t mean committing almost $24 million per year to CC for the next six years is a good one.”

              it’s always a big risk with long term contracts for anyone. Unfortunately, that’s a risk you have to take to be able to get an elite talent.

              • JobaWockeeZ

                It’s either you take the risk of long term contracts or you’re forced to develop yourself. When was the last time the Yankees developed someone even near CC’s caliber?

                So yes risk with the elite talents.

              • Rookie

                The Reply button on my page doesn’t work for your post of 9:40 pm. But I just wanted to thank you for responding so substantively.

                Maybe the numbers are like a Rorshcach test — where each of sees whatever pattern we want to see. Again, it looks like a very clear pattern to me. But obviously it doesn’t to anyone else. So maybe I do just have Chicken Little tendencies. Again, time will tell the tale.

                As regards long-term contracts for pitchers, the contract to Halladay looked like as safe a bet as you can make. The one to Lee looked OK, but not great. The one to Sabbathia looked to me like it was flashing “Danger” in bright red lights. I would have jumped at the Halladay contract, had mixed emotions about the Lee contract, and taken the opportunity to escape from the Sabbathia contract like it was radioactive.

                Again, I’m probably wrong and you and the Yankees and everyone else are probably right. That’s just the way it looks — and very clearly so — to me.

              • Rookie

                “it’s always a big risk with long term contracts for anyone. Unfortunately, that’s a risk you have to take to be able to get an elite talent.”

                That’s why I believe you want all of the stars to align when you commit to a $100+ million long-term contract to anyone, especially a pitcher. And in my view, in the case of CC, the stars don’t align — at all.

                As I said, I thought they aligned better with Darvish and CJ Wilson. The pain of getting a $100+ million long-term contract to a pitcher wrong is WAY worse than the payoff of getting it right. If you get it right, you MAY get your money’s worth. If you get it wrong, you get far, far less than you pay. Heads you hope to break even, tails you lose your ass.

                Better safe than sorry. I thought we would learn that lesson from the contract to ARod and many, many others around baseball. The NY Knicks alone…

                • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

                  idk why I’m responding to this so much later but why not.

                  Darvish – what was his posting fee, like $50M? He hasn’t thrown a single pitch in the US and you’re calling that kind of investment better safe than sorry? I thought CJ Wilson’s deal was actually very reasonable but I also think that there will be some ugly years at the back end of that, and he’s not a genuine ace like CC has been. Look at his walk rates. There’s risk involved with CC, yes, but I don’t see how you can say wishing CC farewell and picking up Darvish and CJ was the risk-adverse move.

                  Sometimes, you have to hand out big contracts to get elite talent. That’s how baseball works. Baseball does not work like the Fangraphs $/WAR tool, nifty as it is.

                  The Knicks were pretty incompetently run for a long time. The Yankees aren’t perfect but they’re also definitely not incompetently run. The Yankees have little to learn from the Knicks other than “don’t be a dumbass.” Also not to state the obvious but like, basketball is not baseball.

                  • Rookie

                    With Darvish, I just expected his U.S. ERA to be in the 2′s given how low it was in Japan. And having seen him pitch, I continue to expect that.

                    And I disagree about big contracts and elite talent. The way you destroy ANY player’s value, no matter how elite a talent he may be, is to overpay him. For example, what do you think we could get in return for ARod or Jeter in a trade?

                    And elite talents are sometimes available at bargain prices. I think one of the most important thing to avoid in building a team in professional sports is collecting overpaid players/unfavorable contracts.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    I am now aware that Jamie Moyer is the #2 starter for the Rockies.

  • m1kew

    Pete Abe has a pretty good idea of the Red Sox opening roster. At least the first 22. Here is what he sees:

    Catchers (2): Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Kelly Shoppach.

    Infielders (5): Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Aviles, Kevin Youkilis, Nick Punto

    Outfielders (4): Jacoby Ellsbury, Cody Ross, Ryan Sweeney, Darnell McDonald

    DH (1): David Ortiz.

    Starters (5): Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, Daniel Bard

    Bullpen (5): Alfredo Aceves, Mark Melancon, Matt Albers, Franklin Morales, Vicente Padilla.

    And he “guesses” that Valentine will keep “Atchison, Bowden and Thomas for now.”

    Mike – how do you think this roster matches what the Yankees will open the season with?

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      The sox issues start with their #4 and #5 and then leads to a very thin bullpen, especially now that Bailey is hurt.

      That lineup will produce runs and I think the top of the rotation will be very good….they have to be good because #4 and #5 are not going to go deep into games. The bullpen is thin. Melancon isn’t proven and Aceves doesn’t want to be in the pen.

      • RetroRob

        Depth, or specifically lack there of, in their pitching is going to hurt them. The back-end of the rotation will deplete the pen. It nailed them down the stretch last year, and it’s going to nail them again unless they get very lucky.

  • Nark

    What do you think of this fantasy trade?

    Team 1 Gives:
    Carlos Santana and Kenely Jansen

    Team 2 Gives:
    Matt Moore and David Robertson

    Who wins? (and the Carlos Santana side has Mike Napoli at C)

    Would you do this trade?

    • GardnergoesYardner

      I’d say the side getting Moore if it’s a keeper league by a lot. If it’s not, probably still the Moore side, but not by as much.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      If team two has really stacked pitching then I’d do it. Jansen has a good shot of closing sometime in 2010 and what’s Robertson going to provide in fantasy? Moore is going to be a straight up beast but catchers suck and Santana is quite good.

  • TinoBambino24

    Miami’s ballpark is a disgrace to their fans and baseball. Why is the walls a hideous lime-green color? The homerun prop is hilarious, and the new uniforms of the Marlins is worse than shit, but not as nearly as bad as Sabathia so far this spring.

    • Pat D

      What fans?

      /had to’d

  • Mattchu12

    By my count, the only spot left to decide is the long-man role (assuming Cory Wade isn’t being considered to be demoted). Who is everyone’s choice to fill the role?

    • Jesse

      D.J Mitchell.

  • Pat D

    In case anyone cared, WrestleMania pretty much sucked.

    • http://www.twitter.com/WashngtonYankee Alex C.

      Better than last year IMO.

  • Johnny

    This is the only relevant piece of audio on the internet ever.

    http://minus.com/mQbzmNS2W/

  • Rookie

    Again, that was in the past. I hope that what looks to me like a recent bad pattern in a brilliant career is nothing more than a blip.

    Again, since I’m apparently the only one who thinks they see it, I’m probably the one who’s wrong. But it sure looks like a very worrisome pattern to me. And the few times I’ve seen him pitch lately, he looks very different to me — not the dominator he was in the second half of 2008 and 2009.

    An ERA of 2.50 to 2.75 or less in the second half of this year and a couple of post season series with a similar ERA would make me think I might be wrong — although I still think discretion should have been the better part of valor when it came to re-committing $100+ million to him after he opted out following his second knee procedure.

    By the way, one more indication to me of how much his performance has declined… According to Baseball-Reference.com, his average ERA the past two years, in 2010 and 2011 against teams with a winning record was 3.62 and 3.71, respectively.

  • chcmh

    I go to all the parks, so I guess at some point I’ll trek down to Miami to check out that stadium, but based on what I saw yesterday, I’m not looking forward to the trip. On TV that joint looks like the kind of garish shopping mall you’d find in the Jersey swamps.

    • Fin

      Eh, I think its a nice change and looks like a fun place to go watch game. Seems to fit Miami to a T. I wouldnt want the Yankees to have a stadium like that, as it certainly doesnt fit them. If I was a Miami fan I would be excited over it. I agree with Mike though, that green on the walls has to go as it does make the grass look dead.

  • coolerking101

    Has Cory Wade pitched a scoreless inning all spring? Eeesh. We may see Whelan, Kontos and co faster than expected.