Via Peter Abraham come roster moves. Edwar Ramirez and Sean Henn have been recalled while Jeff Karstens was sent down to Scranton and Jim Brower was probably DFA’d. Chris Britton continues to linger. In another move, the Yanks DFA’d Kevin Reese to clear a roster spot for Jose Veras at AAA. · (11) ·
Next up for Phil: a matchup with the front-runner for the AL Cy Young Award, a guy who’s allowed 3 or fewer hits in 8 of his 25 starts. Should be a good one in the Bronx this afternoon.
I had the distinct pleasure of watching tonight’s debacle from the Tier Reserve. To make matters worse, by the 8th inning, the only fans left were passive Yankee fans and four guys spoiling for a fight chanting, “Let’s go Red Sox.” To make matters even worse, the Red Sox scored two in the bottom of the 9th to beat a worthless baseball club.
In honor of this pleasant experience, let’s play Tear Apart Tonight’s Game in Bullet-Point Style:
- I’ve gone back and forth on the Roger Clemens issue. One part of me wants to lay the blame for this game squarely at his feet. He, during the middle of a very important run, got himself suspended for a game because of his tendencies to “stick up for his teammates.” I can’t help but think, as my sister put it, that “the dignity was worth the sacrifice of lost games.” Had Clemens not gone head-hunting to avoid a suspension, I think his teammates would have been quite understanding. They do, after all, need to win more than anything else.
But at the same time, it wasn’t a 12-6 game where the starting pitcher made much difference. Even had Clemens gone 7 innings and given up 2 runs, the Yanks would have been down 2-0. Sure, Torre wouldn’t have taken out the starters in the 7th. But the way things were going, Daniel Cabrera was effectively wild, and the Yanks’ offense had a night off. As Peter Abraham notes, the Yanks are not going undefeated the rest of the season. I’ll take 9-2 over 11 games from here on out. And now Clemens can pitch with run support when he next takes the mound.
- No one around the Stadium is selling Joba Chamberlain shirts yet. I want one.
- Jeff Karstens has pretty much proved that he is, right now, worthless to the Yanks. He’s been ineffective in relief and terrible as a starter. The fact that he threw five pitches with a broken leg doesn’t give him a pass to stink up the joint. I don’t even know what Jim Brower’s excuse is, but he just became the Adrian Hernandez of the 2007 Yankees. He’ll get his 8 crappy innings in, and then everyone else will forget he was ever a Yankee. If he and Karstens aren’t replaced by Chris Britton and Edwar Ramirez tomorrow, I’ll be shocked and very disappointed.
- Speaking of which, I sent a text message to Joe when Ron Villone came into the game. I wrote, “So do all the inherited runners score here? I say two.” Well, Villone did not disappoint; he allowed all three inherited runners to score again. It’s really time to get rid of him and bring back Brian Bruney. There’s just no point in having him waste a roster spot.
- Booing Kyle Farnsworth will never get old.
- Luis Vizcaino in a 12-0 game? Really, Joe? Just stop. Use Farnsworth for two innings. But give the overworked set-up man a break now and then.
- Yankee Stadium should institute a rule that allows fans one free punch for every Masshole that insists on shouting out “Let’s go Red Sox” and “Remember 2004?” to a mostly empty Yankee Stadium during a blow-out loss. I hope someone mugged that guy in the subway after the game.
- We’re looking forward to the Bedard-Hughes match-up. While I wish the Yanks weren’t facing a potential Cy Young Award winner today, it has the potential to be one helluva game. More on that later.
- Have I mentioned that the Devil Rays really suck?
As the Scooter might have said about the game tonight, “Holy Cow! What a huckleberry.”
It worked for Braveheart, so maybe it’ll get the Yanks back on track after that stinker tonight.
Triple-A Scranton (7-4 win over Syracuse)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 13 straight games with at least 1 K
Eric Duncan: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Alberto Gonzalez: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB – 10 games hit streak
Erubiel Dur-waste of money: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Bronson Sardinha: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 2 HR & 4 RBI in his last 3 games
Chris Basak: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Steven White: 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP
Ross Ohlendorf: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB – better than Brower
Jose Veras: 1 IP, bunch of zeroes, 2 K
GOP Presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney owns an undisclosed amount of stock in the YES Network. Just in case his Republican affiliation and views on hot-button political issues haven’t yet endeared him to his former constituents, this news is sure to win over rabid Red Sox fans in the blue states of New England. · (11) ·
From the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:
Even with Wednesday’s midnight signing deadline quickly approaching, Columbus High catcher Chase Weems was never worried whether he’d sign with the New York Yankees.
Weems, who was taken with the final pick in the sixth round of June’s Major League Baseball amateur draft, is expected to sign with the Yankees today, according to his father Rick Weems.
The Blue Devils catcher was able to remain calm and relaxed being that he and Yankees agreed to the terms of his signing bonus on June 9 — the day after he was drafted — Rick Weems told the Ledger-Enquirer.
Rick Weems wouldn’t release the amount of the signing bonus, saying the Yankees asked them not to reveal it. He did indicate that it would be “way over the slotted” — or recommended — amount.
Rick Weems also said it would be about second-round money.
Second round money huh? Nice pull by Weems and his agent, that should be good for around $300-500k. Weems isn’t as good a prospect as 2nd rounder Austin Romine, but he’s a darn good prospect in his own right, and improves the Yanks’ depth behind the plate considerably.
Beloved Yankee great and former announcer Phil Rizzuto passed away today. The Scooter, the oldest living Hall of Famer, was 89.
Rizzuto was long a favorite in the Bronx. A 40-year veteran of the broadcast booth, he coined the catch phrase “Holy Cow!” during his colorful commentaries on the game. During broadcasts, he would describe the action in a ramblingly poetic style often discussing marriages and birthdays more than the play on the field. He would leave games early to beat the traffic, saying to his wife over the air, “I’ll be home soon, Cora.” Generations of Yankee fans came to know and love the game through the Scooter’s broadcasts.
On the field, Rizzuto’s thirteen-year career – interrupted by three years in the war from 1943-1945 – earned him a spot in Cooperstown. A five-time All Star, he won the MVP in 1950 and finished second in the voting in 1949. He played in nine World Series, winning seven of them and remained a part of the Yankee family long after he retired in 1956.
Phil also gained some fame, amusingly enough, in 1977 when he appeared on the Meatloaf hit single “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” As Meatloaf and Ellen Foley recall the tango of their teenage days by the like, Rizzuto’s announcing serves as the not-so-veiled euphemism for the action in the car. This part of the song ends, fittingly enough, with a well-timed “Holy Cow!”
Recently, Rizzuto’s health had been failing. He was noticeably absent from Old Timers’ Day, sending a letter for Michael Kay to read in his place. The flags will be at half staff in the Bronx today as the Yanks are sure to honor Number 10 before tonight’s game. This one’s for you, Scooter.
I absolutely cannot stand Ron Villone. Yes, he pitched well for us during a crucial stretch last year, but he turned putrid down the stretch. And when you consider his season numbers — 5.04 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, only 59 percent of pitches for strike, and only 49 percent of first-pitch strikes — you really have to wonder why he was brought back.
His numbers seem to be decent this year: 3.34 ERA, 6.12 K/9, 2.00 K/BB, 62% of pitches for strikes, 1.27 WHIP. However, at this point last year, he was sitting on a 2.26 ERA. So from August 15 through September 30, his ERA rose 2.78 points. That’s not what we need this year. Then again, at this point last year, he also had 64.1 innings under his belt, whereas this year he has just about half that, 32.1, though if you add in his Scranton numbers it’s 56, so he’s not that far off.
My biggest gripe with Villone this year, though, is his almost automatic way of allowing inherited runners to score. To date he has come in with 23 runners on base, of which he has allowed nine to score. That’s nearly 40 percent, and it’s completely unacceptable. Yes, we’re dealing with a small sample size. But we’re also dealing with Ron Villone.
This is the exact reason we need Britton and Edwar in the pen. Wouldn’t you feel much more comfortable with one of them coming into a game with a two-run lead and a guy on first base? I sure would. Lefties be damned, I don’t want Ron Villone on this team anymore.