Open Thread: Three out of four ain’t so bad

"Can't wew just go home now?" (Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP)

The Indians had the look of a team that couldn’t wait to get out of New York today, didn’t they? If it wasn’t for the massive bullpen meltdown on Saturday, this would have been a laughable four game sweep. I’m not going to complain about taking three of four though, that’s a recipe for winning a whole lotta games.

If you’re not out barbecuing it up on this gorgeous Memorial Day, use this sucker as your open thread. The Flyers and Blackhawks resume the Stanley Cup Finals with Game Two tonight, plus you’ve got the Mets in San Diego (10pm ET start) and the Diamondbacks and Dodgers on MLB Network (9pm ET). You’ve done this before, so have at it.

2010 Draft: KLaw’s Mock Draft v2.0

Keith Law posted his second mock draft today, and has the Yankees taking California high school first baseman/leftfielder Christian Yelich. I usually cringe when I see a high school kid already relegated to first or left for obvious reasons, but apparently Yelich has the athleticism to play elsewhere and is being held back by a girly man arm. If he improves his arm through a pro throwing program and an improved motion, he’ll be able to handle centerfield. At the plate, he’s got a nice and smooth lefty swing that’s geared more towards high contact than power. Here’s the scouting report with video.

Last time around he had the Yankees taking prep righty Tyrell Jenkins, though today he mentions that they remain interested in him, “as well as any high-ticket player who should fall to them for money reasons.”

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Posada ahead of schedule, able to run the bases

For the first time since suffering a hairline fracture on the bottom of his foot a few weeks ago, Jorge Posada ran the bases and did sprints in the outfield today. He’s been hitting in the cage the last few days and declared himself ready to go, but Joe Girardi wasn’t as gung-ho about it, mentioning that a minor league rehab stint was a possibility. Posada is eligible to come off the disabled list tomorrow, but I suspect he won’t be activated right away just to give him more time to get up to speed.

As Will Carroll mentioned in today’s UTK column, running and hitting won’t be the problem, squatting behind the plate will. The last thing the Yanks need is to lose Posada and his (SSS) .441 wOBA to go down with a setback.

Jeter leaves game for unknown reason

Update (3:18pm): Jeter left the game with tightness in his left hamstring, which is where he got hit earlier. He’s still in the dugout, so this is just precautionary. No biggie.

3:15pm: Derek Jeter left this afternoon’s game for an unknown reason after singling back up the middle. He was hit by a pitch in the hamstring earlier in the game, and he limped slightly as he ran to first on the single. Ramiro Pena came on as a pinch runner. It didn’t look too serious, might have just tightened up on him. We’ll update this post with more info as it comes in.

Game 51: Going for a series win on Memorial Day

Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP

Winning a four game series is never easy, just because taking three out of four games in this league is a tough thing to do, regardless of opponent. The Yankees already beat the Indians on Friday and Sunday, and held a commanding lead on Saturday before the bullpen let things get out of hand, so they’ve really been in control of this series. They’re sending Andy Pettitte and his 2.62 ERA to the mound against rookie Mitch Talbot, who’s been quite a surprise in Cleveland’s rotation.

The bullpen, however shaky, is rested following A.J. Burnett‘s sterling effort. Here’s the starting nine…

Jeter, SS
Granderson, CF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Miranda, DH
Cervelli, C
Gardner, CF

And on the mound, Andrew Pettitte.

The Memorial Day matinee begins at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy the game and Happy Memorial Day to everyone.

2010 Draft: Baseball America’s Mock Draft v2.0

The draft is now just a week away, so Jim Callis at Baseball America posted the second version of his mock draft. Last time around he had the Yankees grabbing Clemson outfielder Kyle Parker, but this time he has them selecting Texas high school righty Tyrell Jenkins. This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve heard his name connected to the Yanks, and you can read all you need to know about him here. The Yanks were pretty hot on Slade Heathcott at this time last year, so it’s looking more and more like Jenkins is the guy.

Fan Confidence Poll: May 31st, 2010

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Season Record: 30-20 (278 RS, 209 RA, 32-18 Pythag. record), 3.5 games back
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