After going 0 for 5 with 2 K and 7 LOB against the best pitching team in the AL (by a helluva margin I might add), Robbie Cano was dropped from third to ninth in the lineup by Joe “Look, I already told you, I have people skills; what the hell is wrong with you people!!!” Torre. Way to instill a little confidence in the kid Joe; god forbid you give him more than…I dunno…one frickin’ game to prove himself.
If it was calling the shots, I’d have given Robbie at least 2 or 3 more games to show me whether or not he can cut it in the 3-hole. Day-night splits be damned, you don’t hit .340+ over a full season in the major leagues by accident. If Joe’s not going give Robbie a fair shake, then he’s got to do either one of two things: a) move Jeter to the 3-hole full-time, or b) go old school and bump everyone in the lineup up a notch (A-Rod bats 3rd, Posada 4th, Matsui 5th, and so on).
It’s July 2nd and the team’s 11 GB in the division (9 GB in the Wildcard), it’s time to stop fuckin’ around with the lineup and get the best players the most AB’s possible.
Pat Neshek, Minnesota Twins pitcher and blogger extraordinaire, is one of the five AL arms battling it out for the final spot on the All Star ballot. Amongst his competition is Red Sox hurler and Japanese import Hideki Okajima. In his most recent blog post (no permalink, scroll down a bit), Neshek writes, “We need everyone, all Minnesotan’s, all graphers, fans of baseball and yes everyone in Yankee Nation (and we know why!).” We can’t let a Red Sox pitcher get elected to the All Star Game can we? So go vote. Vote early; vote often; vote Neshek, friend of Yankee fans everywhere. · (6) ·
There’s worse things in the world than Cynthia Rodriguez having “FUCK YOU” in 2-inch lettersÂ across the back of her shirt (seriously, you’d need to have a great set of eyes to be able to read that from evenÂ 4-5 rows back). Given the way the media treats her and her husband, I second her opinion. Get over it; this is far from front page news. · (8) ·
When the smoke finally cleared and all the checkbooks were put away, the Yanks landed 9 players during this year’s international player signing period. The biggest name of the bunch is Dominican outfielder Kelvin DeLeon, who reportedly has plus-plus powerÂ (take that with a grain of salt) and a physical presence similar to Melky Cabrera (what ever the hell that means). No word on the bonus yet, but he was reportedly seeking between $1.6 and $1.8M, an ungodly amount.
Brian Cashman has long been an advocate of roster flexibility. But for all that preaching, he has little to show for it. At the outset of 2007, the Yankees had one of the most inflexible rosters in the bigs — hampered by 12 pitchers, two first basemen, and one full-time DH. That left room for one utility player (Cairo) and one backup outfielder (Melky). So when injuries and ineffectiveness began to plague the roster, there really isn’t (and wasn’t) anywhere to turn. The bench become starters, and the new bench consists of AAA or AAAA scrubs. And, of course, you’re left with a sub-.500 team. It’s easy to think that there’s nothing you can do at that point — that the players on your roster are talented enough to carry you, and that if they don’t do it, it just won’t work. I say horseshit to that. There’s plenty you can do, it’s just that the Yankees are too afraid to make these perceived high-risk moves that, in fact, aren’t high risk at all.
When the Yankees left Colorado, they were extolling the virtues of a team that had just swept them. Supposedly, the Rockies, according to many Yanks, looked like a playoff team.
Well, so much for that. Since watching the Yankees leave town, the Rockies have gone 1-9, and they’ve looked utterly terrible. Meanwhile, the Yanks have continued to lose, and they do so against teams that have been playing just as well â€” or as badly â€” as the Rockies. The Yanks have become, in other words, slumpbusters for the rest of the league.
Take a look:
Tomorrow kicks off the international player signing period, so get ready for the next wave of unbelievably overpaid and overhyped prospects!
Triple-A Scranton (12-1 win over Ottawa)
Justin Christian: 4 for 6, 3 R, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 1 SBÂ - 12 for 38 with 11 runs scored since being promoted
Juan Franica: 1 for 6, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Kevin Reese: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 11 RBI in his last 9 games
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 6, 1 R,Â 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 HR &Â 13 RBI in his last 11 games
Angel Chavez: 2 for 6, 1 R, 1 3B
Andy Cannizaro: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Omir Santos: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
Raul Chavez: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 K – played 1B today after manning 3B in 3Â of his last 4 games
Steven White: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 1 E (missed catch) – 19 baserunners in last 20.1 IP
This story in the sports section of The New York Times may just be one of the oddest things I’ve read in a while. Angels outfielder Reggie Willits and his wife and son live in a batting cage. I kid you not. Check it out. · (6) ·
The Yankees have promoted 26-year-old right-handed reliever Edwar Ramirez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and he will report today to provide support for a bullpen that has been wretched.
To make room for Ramirez, the Yankees are expected to send infielder Chris Basak down to Scranton.
Between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton, Edwar’s thrown 43.1 innings, allowing only 19 hits andÂ 3 earned runs while striking out 80. Yes, 80 strikeouts in 43.1 IP. He’s been beyond stellar this year, and the call-up is well deserved, but here’s the problem: it’s thw wrong move.