No matter how poorly the return on RJ turns out (and it looks pretty bleak), it was still a good deal. It was a good deal at the time because we shed ourselves of a 43-year-old malcontent coming off back surgery and making $16 million. It is a good deal now because Randy is undergoing yet another back surgery, which will end his season — and possibly his career, as he’s hinted in the past week. So Brian Cashman saved $14 million and received a useful reliever for a guy who wouldn’t have helped anyway. And then some young players to boot. · (3) ·
Well, that was a little bit too exciting for my tastes. That five-out save probably means Vizcaino will close the second game, especially if Torre has lost all faith in both Farnsworth and Proctor.
We’re hearing word that Kei Igawa has been sent down to
the 7th circle of Hell the Minors and Chris Basak is up.
If true – and I’ll post a link when we can confirm it – Basak is a short-term solution. He’ll be here filling a hole until the Yanks activate Phil Hughes next week.
No one in the Bronx will miss Kei Igawa.
Update: Newsday’s Kat O’Brien has visual confirmation that Kei and his interpretor were packing their bags today.
Update 2: The Star Ledger’s Ed Price has a great quote from the departing Igawa. “I’m going to continue hard at Triple-A,” he said.”Each time I pitch, I’m learning more about what it takes to become a consistent pitcher on this league.” I guess he’s a bit of a slow learner.
We get a little spoiled sometimes. With Joba and Phil lighting it up over the last few days, we’ve come to expect great things from Yankee pitchers every day. Well, not so today. Clippard and DeSalvo got lit up at AA and AAA, and Ross Ohlendorf had a rough return to Scranton. Courtesy of Alan Hirsch, Down on the Farm…
Scranton (Louisville wins 13-7) Chris Dickerson hit for the cycle against Scranton
Justin Christian 2-5, R, 14th SB
Eric Duncan 2-4, 2 2B, R, BB
Kevin Thompson 2-5, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI
Matt DeSalvo 5.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HRâ€™s
Ross Ohlendorf 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB & K, HR Not a good way to get the call up
TJ Beam 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Trenton (11-7 loss to Reading)
Juan Miranda 0-5
Cody Ehlers 2-4, 2B, R
Noah Hall 2-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI
Matt Carson 2-4, R
Gabriel Lopez 2-4
Tyler Clippard 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR Trade value keeps sinking – Ben’s Note: Never mind the trade value; word is he may be injured. He left with an unidentified injury.
Justin Pope 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB & K
Tim Lavigine 1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Game suspended in 2nd (trailing Fort Meyers 3-0)
Charleston (5 HRs tops Greenville 13-8)
Mitch Hilligoss 1-4, R
Seth Fortenberry 1-5
Kyle Anson 0-4, 2 PB
Josue Calzudo 3-5, HR, RBI
Kevin Muich 3-5, 2B, HR, RBI
Timothy Oâ€™Brien 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Eric Hacker 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
GCL Yanks (3-1 win over GCL Tigers)
Phrylis Cuello 1-4, K, SB
Zolio Almonte 1-3, BB, CS, Threw out a runner at home
Jesus Montero (DH) 2-3, BB
Timothy Dennehy 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
As tonight’s game came to a close, one of our popular search terms this evening was “Kei Igawa sucks.” And you know what, Google users? You’re absolutely right. Kei Igawa sucks.
Against the Royals tonight, Kei Igawa, obviously, ended up on the wrong end of a 7-0 game. Igawa threw 102 pitches in 5.2 innings en route to an ugly line of 5.2-7-5-5-2-5. After this game, he stands at 2-3, his last win coming in relief on April 28. He’s inexplicably thrown 68 Major League innings with terrible results. His ERA stands at 6.79, and he’s given up 80 hits and 34 walks. There’s no question that Tyler Clippard, now at AA, and Matt DeSalvo could have turned in 68 innings of better quality than Igawa.
After tonight’s start, it’s clear that Kei Igawa has no place in the Major League rotation. Phil Hughes is ready to go; Joba Chamberlain, who started the year at A ball, doesn’t seem too far behind; and on Saturday, we’ll see how far away Ian Kennedy is when he makes his first AAA start.
Yet, despite the obvious situation, some of you are rightly concerned that, with Phil Hughes making one last rehab start on Sunday, the Yankees will allow Kei Igawa to make another big league start. Worry not. The off day on Monday saves us from that debacle. Take a look:
Friday: Andy Pettitte
Saturday: Roger Clemens
Sunday: Chien-Ming Wang
Monday: Day Off
Tuesday: Another day in which I have to suffer through a Mike Mussina start at the Stadium
Wednesday: Andy Pettitte, on normal rest
Thursday: Roger Clemens, on normal rest
Friday: The Return of Phil Hughes Halleujah.
So there ya go. Phil Hughes will start on normal rest on Friday and no one, except for Kei Igawa, is worse off. Don’t let door hit you on the way out, Kei. Or on second thought, let it hit. Good bye.
As the trade deadline approaches, the rumors ramp up. This one deals with the Yanks’ new aging and over-the-hill outfielder Johnny Damon. Rotoworld links to this article in the Newark Star-Ledger that notes the Yanks have called a few teams about Johnny Damon. While Damon has a limited no-trade clause and makes too much money, the Yanks would like to move him to free up the space so that Melky Cabrera and Jason Giambi can play everyday. I think this one’s wishful thinking on the Yanks’ part though. · (10) ·
A-Rod may have already hit home run number 500, PeteAbe notes. If A-Rod homers tomorrow during the completion of the suspended game from June 28th, that HR will count as having occurred on June 28th. Thus, last night’s home run becomes home run 500. And my head just exploded. · (1) ·
Why they would want to do this I don’t know. It comes from our pal George King, though, so take it as you will. I want to dish Farns as much as the next guy, but I wouldn’t advocate doing it to Detroit unless we get some serious bounty. And why would Detroit give up anything significant for an overpaid, underperforming reliever? This is the move that has the chance to bite you in the ass as early as this year. Unless we’re talking Ian Kennedy and Kyle Farnsworth for Andrew Miller (and Dave Dombrowski isn’t that dumb), stay away from this one. · (8) ·
So those Yanks are really rollin’ these days, huh?
Behind home runs by Alex Rodriguez – his 499th overall – and Hideki Matsui – his 10th of July – and three RBIs by Melky Cabrera, the Yanks beat the Royals yesterday 7-1. With that win the Yanks assure themselves of yet another series win and improve to 12-3 since the All Star Break.
For the Yanks, yesterday’s game was a good one to win. With Kei Igawa on the mound tonight, the Yankees needed a good start from Moose. In his last outing, Mike Mussina came out on the wrong end of a 14-4 game. But Moose rebounded nicely enough. He made it through his typical 5.2 innings on 95 pitches and allowed only 8 baserunners and 1 earned run.
After Melky Cabrera, on a two-run home run and a sac fly, singlehandedly put the Yanks up 3-1, the rest of the team took over in the 8th. A-Rod belted his 499th career home run, and Hideki Matsui hit his 18th of the season. The bullpen went 3.1 two-hit innings, and the Yanks walked away winners for the fifth straight game.
With that win, the Yanks find themselves closing the gap in the AL East. One night after falling to Daisuke Matsuzaka 1-0, Fausto Carmona and the Indians topped the Sox 1-0. Out west, the Mariners lost for the sixth straight game as they continue their fall toward Pythagoras. So now, the Yanks are a season-high eight games over .500. They’re 4.5 games behind Cleveland and just 0.5 games out of second in the Wild Card. They’re also 6.5 games behind Boston, the closest they’ve been since May, and their expected win-loss puts them just a shade out of first. This team is turning things around.
Offensively, the Yanks have been mashing during their five-game winning streak. Overall, the team is hitting .395/.461/.657 with 33 extra-base hits. While some people had lost faith in this team, this is exactly what we all knew the Yanks could do. It’s going to be a fun two months in the Bronx.