Saturday Night Open Thread


Here is your open thread for this warm and toasty evening. MLB Network will air a game later on, but who you see depends on where you live. That’s pretty much it for nationally televised sports, so you’re on your own otherwise. You folks know what to do, so have at it.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Eddard says:

    With CC vs Dumpster tomorrow they need to take this series. You won’t get a better match up for the Yanks than that. Nuney and Overbay are back to their old ways. They should both be hitting in the top 6.

    Hafner should be DFA’d when Alex returns on Monday. No sense in having two players who can’t play the field. Cruz actually contributed today. Hafner has a .700 OPS and that’s going down by the day.

  2. RetroRob says:

    A win tomorrow and it’s two out of three and game shaved off the lead. Hopefully, A-Rod, Jeter and Granderson can make it back soon to give the team a shot.

    Nice game.

  3. stuart a says:

    5 runs and a win nice.

    win tomorrow and move on.

    wow pronk has been awful, anything offspeed no chance…

  4. Il Cugino says:

    Win the World Series for HIROK!!!!

  5. Get Phelps Up says:

    I was a fool to think that McCarver might actually neglect to throw in a 2004 reference.

    • RetroRob says:

      Good news is the references will probably end, at least as a constant, after this year.

      Good news: McCarver retiring.

      Bad news: Mo retiring.

      Those two not being part of FOX games will reduce the mentions.

      • forensic says:

        Things should also die away after about a decade, but I know from the D-Backs series earlier in the season that that’s not the case, unfortunately.

  6. forensic says:

    That’s pretty much it for nationally televised sports, so you’re on your own otherwise.

    Or, you could take a nap now and get up early or just stay up late for 3AM (6AM ET) British Open coverage. ;-)

  7. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Since joining the Yankees, Hirok has 24 starts of at least 7 IP while giving up no more than 2 ER. Over that timeframe in the AL, only Felix (32 times) and Verlander (27 times) have done that more often.

    • forensic says:

      What about Hughes???

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

        He has 17. Tied for 13th of 127 pitches with at least one game meeting that criteria.
        CC has 16.

        • Bo Knows says:

          So what your saying is that if Hughes could somehow learn to limit the damage of his bad starts, he’d be really good?

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

            I’m not holding my breath waiting for it to happen though.

          • forensic says:

            As would just about every other pitcher in the history of baseball.

            Like NP&H said though, I’m not holding my breath for it either. It’s been a long time and sometimes guys just are who their numbers say they are.

    • Pseudoyanks says:

      Would think a contender would pay up a top 100 prospect and a useful league average major leaguer for him.

      • Il Cugino says:

        Why would a contender give up a useful league average major leaguer? That sounds like a piece they would need to make a run. I mean you did use the word useful.

      • 28 this year says:

        Easily. Matt Garza is worth that much and Kuroda is probably better because even though he’s old, he’s durable and has been pitching better and is tested in one of the toughest pitching environments.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Kuroda would be worth a pretty penny on the market right now. I think you’re selling his value short there. Still doesn’t mean I think they should do it, but I think they could get more than one solid young player there. He’s a difference-maker in a playoff race.

  8. Bo Knows says:

    a few days ago, I spoke about the new Godzilla movie, while sadly they have chosen not to show any trailers save for the few hundred that attended ComicCon in San Diego today, word is from those who’ve seen the trailer that this incarnation of Godzilla is huge. The Director has gone on record saying that this Godzilla is the biggest (and anyone who is a fan, knows that the original 1954 version is biggest Godzilla until this point by a wide margin)

    On top of that, there will be other monsters laying waste to the world.

    If only I could see the trailer this would make my inner child shed tears of joy, instead of just giggling like a stereotypical japanese school girl

  9. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:


  10. Algae says:

    If they trade Hughes they would have to get more than one top minor league player for him. They could give him a qualifying offer in the offseason and let him walk and receive draft pick compensation which would be similar to a top minor league player in a trade.

    • Pseudoyanks says:

      I’d trade him for $1.5 Million in International signing dollars (if the Yanks have an International FA they are drooling over but can’t sign because of their cap.)

      • Algae says:

        It’s a similar situation with Granderson. I think Granderson may actually accept a qualifying offer (1 year deal) in the offseason given the fact he’s been injured all year and may want to rebuild value for more FA dollars in a multiyear deal the following year.

        • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain) says:

          Someone will give Granderson 4 or 5 years. His injuries aren’t age related so they aren’t anything to worry about. Just bad luck.

          • forensic says:

            The injuries aren’t necessarily age related, but there’s still certainly a risk in signing a 33 year old to a 4-5 year deal. And the injuries add to the risk for a guy who’s turned into an extremely one-dimensional player. With his one-dimension being power, broken bones in each of his hands/arms would be very concerning to me (depending on how he looks in whatever time is left this season after he returns).

        • MannyGeee - Failed Starter says:

          I don’t think I hesitate on offering a QO to Granderson. All of his injuries this season have been the flukest of flukish injuries.

    • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain) says:

      If the Yankees trade Hughes they are going to need someone who is already in the major leagues. I don’t think he’s going anywhere though.

    • Mac says:

      I would bet that a top prospects in the mid-to-high minors has a much better chance to make MLB than the average supp pick. We’re talking about 20% chance of any meaningful MLB contribution for a late first. It would depend what kind of prospect you’re getting, but a guy who has actually performed for a few years in pro ball is probably a better bet than a pick. He’s also about $1.5 million cheaper since his bonus has been paid.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      They don’t HAVE to trade Hughes at all so, if they go down that route, they might as well ask for as much as they can. I do think we underestimate his trade value at the deadline a bit. He can give a tired playoff-bound rotation and bullpen a nice rest.

  11. dkidd says:

    any chance the blue jays will be sellers?

    • forensic says:

      On some guys, sure, but I doubt they’d be selling to the Yankees (at least not anywhere near actual market price).

    • MannyGeee - Failed Starter says:

      Yes. They sell some guys like Johnson (although they’ve said they won’t, could losers of the Garza sweepstakes going in) and Jannsen getting dealt…

      Maybe even – wait for it…. MelkyandIPKforalltheplayerz gets moved too. I could see it.

  12. Jacob the OG says:


    • Get Phelps Up says:

      He’s a poor man’s Ichiro.


    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      You even gave it the all-caps treatment.

      Look….I’m actually for bringing his back. As Option G goes, you could do FAR worse. It’d surprise me if the O’s were able to find a trade partner prior to having to cut him loose.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

        If there is another MLB team willing to take Dickerson on their MLB roster, I’d imagine the O’s would make a trade happen, if only for a bag of balls, to try to keep him from the Yankees.

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