Pitcher A (MLB): 26 IP, 24 H, 21 ER, 20 BB, 13 K, 7.27 ERA Pitcher B (AAA): 23 IP, 20 H, 2 ER, 9 BB, 26 K, 0.78 ERA How many innings does it take to get Chris Britton into Luis Vizcaino’s role? Is there some magic point at which Vizcaino turns from pumpkin to princess? The season ain’t gettin’ any younger. · (3) ·
Mike alluded to this earlier, but I think we could use some clarification. What the Yankees need right now is a slumpbuster. What, you ask, is a slumpbuster? Well, I’ll let my pal Urban Dictionary explain it:
Baseball players believe that by having sex with an unattractive female, they can end their slump. Therfore a slump buster is the unattractive female that they have sex with, in hopes of busting their slump. Manny Ramirez told Pedro Martinez that the reason why he’s been hitting so many homeruns lately, is because he hooked up with a lot of slump busters when he was in a slump.See, A-Rod, you got it all wrong. You can’t be bangin’ hot blonds on the road. You gotta jump on a grenade. May I suggest: · (9) ·
I guess this will perfectly illustrate the team’s troubles:
And our pitching:
Pettitte: 14.1 IP, 2 ER
Mussina: 6.1 IP, 2 ER
Wang: 8 IP, 3 ER
Clippard: 4 IP, 3 ER
DeSalvo: 4.2 IP, 6 ER
Vizcaino: 2.1 IP, 4 ER
Villone: 3 IP, 4 ER
Proctor: 1.2 IP, 2 ER
Farns: 2 IP, 2 ER
Rivera: 2 IP, 0 ER
Bruney: 1.2 IP, 0 ER
Myers: 2 IP 0 ER
So you can see exactly where the problems are.
But, of course, since this A-Rod and since A-Rod can’t seem to cut a break around here, Alex is the one who gets caught by the paparazzi and The Post is the only paper around town to print the photos and call the story an “Exclusive.”
Here’s what The Post has to report:
Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez stepped up to the plate with a mysterious, busty blonde in Toronto, as these intimate, exclusive photos reveal.
The cozy duo dined with two pals at a pricey steakhouse late Sunday night, then headed to a glitzy strip club before making their way to his hotel, where the pair ducked into an elevator and headed upstairs just after midnight.
In his own defense, A-Rod apologized for the indiscretion. No, wait. Just kidding.
In his own defense, A-Rod said, “No comment.” And a Yankee spokesman said that Alex has “never commented on his personal or private life, and he’s not going to start now.”
While we must consider the source – The Post relies here on numerous people simply referred to as “witnesses” – the article implies that A-Rod doesn’t stay at the team hotel on the road, cheats on his wife, gets caught and then goes 0-for-3 while making a costly error.
Just when I think the season can’t get any worse – a steal of home plate?! – it does. The 2007 Yankees will never cease to amaze me.
As Aaron Hill tore down the third base line and slid safely under Jorge Posada’s tag, I couldn’t help but think that maybe the extra infield practice the Yanks held before the game was all for naught. Or maybe the Yankees just need more rest. They sure seemed asleep at the wheel in the field tonight. · (0) ·
Enough ofÂ all this doom and gloom crap, Yankee fans need something to smile about: Joba Chamberlain is the FSL Pitcher of the Week, and the 2nd hottest prospect in the baseball. Glad to see Mitch Hilligoss get some love on the Hot Sheet, he’s on quite a roll. Did he keep the streak alive tonight? Find out after the jump…
Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss toÂ Toledo)
Andy Phillips: 0 for 4, 1 K
Eric Duncan: 3 for 3, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 HBP – he’s been showing flashes of it for weeks now, but I think he’s starting to put it all together…
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 4, 3 K
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 4, 2 K
Alberto Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 1 SB – hitting .324 over his last 9 games…
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 Balk, 1-7 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Justin Pope: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
According to today’s playoff odds report over at Baseball Prospectus, the AL Wild Card winner, on average wins 91 games. At 21-28 right now, the Yanks would have to go 70-44 to win 91 games and put them into contention for the Wild Card. That’s .614 baseball, and all of a sudden, it doesn’t seem so improbable to see the Yanks playing in October. · (12) ·
In his most recent piece this afternoon, Peter Abraham dispelled what he feels are some myths about the Yankees’ current situation. Abraham feels like firing Cashman is a bad idea.
“The Yankees donâ€™t have a lot of roster flexibility and Cashman has improved that to some degree. Firing him now could drop this team into a 10-year slump,” he wrote. Well, I disagree. In fact, I think many of the moves Cashman has made since supposedly taking full control of this team have led to this disastrous first two months.
Most notable from the last few months were the trades of Gary Sheffield and Randy Johnson. The Yankees received few usable parts in return for these two players. Right now, Sheffield’s 10 home runs would put him second on the Yanks, and his .832 OPS is over .200 points higher than Abreu’s .613 OPS. The Yankees were a better team with Gary Sheffield and don’t have much to show for sending Detroit one of their missing pieces. I don’t miss Randy Johnson, but Luis Vizcaino, the only Major Leaguer in that deal, has been downright horrible.
Then, Cashman went out and threw $50 million at Kei Igawa when even his own scouts were telling him that Igawa would be, at best, a fifth starter in the Majors. Considering the Minor League pitchers in the Yankees’ system, this money could have been better spent just about anywhere else. The Yanks could have replaced Igawa with someone making just $380,000 this year. And that someone would probably have put up better numbers than Igawa.
He also re-upped with Mike Mussina for two years. The jury is out on that deal, but the early returns aren’t too promising.
Then, Cashman figured he could solve the first base hole by shoving Doug Mientkiewicz into it. Dougie’s .295 OBP is killing the team, and his defense just doesn’t make up for the number of outs – 98 in 133 plate appearances – he’s making at bat.
Finally, the Yankees’ bench is terribly weak. If Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez were to go down, Miguel Cairo would be the replacement. Wil Nieves, before this weekend, had been an unqualified disaster, and Melky Cabrera probably should have been traded last winter when his stock was at an all-time high. This is the weakest Yankee bench in years.
So I blame Cashman. While the team has been saddled with contracts that dole out millions of dollars to over-the-hill players (Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon), Cashman’s answer to this problem was to throw a pro-rated $28 million at Roger Clemens, an unnecessary piece considering the Yankees’ other problems right now.
I doubt the Yanks will fire Cashman. There are no real viable internal candidates right now, and the Yankee braintrust wouldn’t want to look outside for a mid-season replacement. So Cashman, the originator of this problem, will have to be the one to find a solution too. I can tell you this: Todd Helton ain’t the answer. Let’s see where he goes from there.