May
13

Mother’s Day Open Thread

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, especially mine. You ladies make the world go ’round and we’re all eternally grateful. I hope you’re spending the night with your mother and family, but if not, hang out in our open thread. The ESPN Sunday Night Game is the Angels at the Rangers (Weaver vs. Feliz), plus there’s some NHL playoff action going on as well. Talk about whatever you want, go nuts.

Categories : Open Thread

21 Comments»

  1. Mike E says:

    Since coming off the DL, Banuelos is now 14.2 IP, 11 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 15 K.

    I made the case last week that if his control numbers continue to be so impressive over the next couple of months, he should be promoted. Working with Pettitte and Rivera on his cutter could be huge. The issue for him will be getting his innings to around 160, which shouldn’t be a problem when the dog days of August and September arrive.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      He only has about 150 innings combined in AA and AAA over the last two year, so it might be better if he stayed in the minors all year with a September call up. Seeing all the pitchers get rushed up to the Yankees the last few years has not ended as expected especially with the intensity of the Yankee expectations and the market. The most important thing from Banuelos this year is as you said to get 160 innings so that he can compete for a spot next year even though he won’t get the mentoring from say a Pettitte or a Rivera the rush could be detrimental for the 21 year old.

      • Mike E says:

        I don’t necessarily think he’s being rushed. His pitches have been called major league ready barring control, and he’s currently proving control. If this becomes a non-issue, the next step in his development should be stretching him out and improving his other pitches.

        Unlike Banuelos, when Hughes and Joba came up they really only had 2 pitches. Banuelos has a plus fastball and changeup, along with a good curveball, and now a cutter. I’d see promoting him to work on the cutter as a perfect step in his development, as opposed to Hughes and Chamberlain who really ended their development in the majors. Having Banuelos work on the cutter is more similar to Hughes’ 2009 season where he did so out of the bullpen. Although it’s been bad this year, it was the reason for his success as a starter in 2010.

        I see what you’re saying about patience, but I’d rather embrace Banuelos eagerness to learn the cutter by putting him with two pitchers who made career out of the pitch, than let him strikeout Triple-A players all year. There’s no right or wrong answer.

        • jjyank says:

          I get what you’re saying, and I love the enthusiasm, but I think it might be more prudent to let ManBan finish the year at AAA. He’s very young still, and has had control issues and injury issues. Nothing wrong with him logging a full season at AAA. Trust me, I’m a huge Banuelos fan, and would love to see him in New York. I just want him to be as ready as he can be for it.

  2. CJ says:

    Kevin Millwood. Seriously?

  3. pat says:

    Promoted to where, to do what?

  4. Jon in CUO says:

    Swish giving the gift of TOOTBLAN on Mother’s Day

  5. Sansa says:

    The team just had no fire in their bellies today and that was surprising given Andy’s return and the chance to sweep. A-Rod hit a ball into deep short, sauntered to 1st and they doubled him up.

    We loaded the bases twice. First time, Martin walks and then Jeter swings at the 1st pitch and they double him up. Second time, they unintentionally intentionally walk Cano to pitch to Teixera who gives a couple weak hacks and strikes out. Just no effort today.

  6. Jenny says:

    Wht’s the Yankees record on Mother’s day?

    I’m wondering if using new bats (pink) throws them off the same way new pitchers throw them off

  7. Kevin says:

    SOmehow,I’m not shocked by this. The funny way baseball works, it would have us getting beaten by a crappy pitcher when we beat three of the better ones all in the same week.

  8. Josh Hamilton is currently on pace to hit .400, 86 Homeruns, and drive in 195 runs. I just find that funny…

    • Alkaline says:

      That’s nothing to the Kemp projections in like week 3.

    • MannyGeee says:

      And if the season ended today, the fighting Showalters would win the division and we would get Cleveland in the one game playoff from hell…

      Hoooray for SSS…

      • Alkaline says:

        It’s not like it’s only been a week or two. It is 6 weeks into the season now. There’s still so much baseball left, but it is just amazing watching what he’s done so far.

      • Pat D says:

        You mean we’d get Tampa, not Cleveland.

    • jsbrendog says:

      the scary thing is he could end up qualifying for the triple crown amount of plate appearances leading everything with a 390something average, 40+ hr and god knows how many rbis and then go on the dl and somehow win despite missing let’s say some of august/all of september.

  9. Lloyd Braun says:

    Mark Teixeira at-bats make me think of two words: serenity now!

  10. Gonzo says:

    Did you guys see that Rosenthal piece how DOpp had Mike Trout as the #2 player in the 2009 draft?

    Pretty cool but still the one that got away.

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