I wasn’t planning on putting together a midseason list, but once I saw that everyone else doing it, I figured I might as well join the party. You can catch Fabian’s Top 30 List hereÂ and EJ’s here. I’m not going to go into too much detail because not all that much has changed as far as individual scouting reports and stuff like that. You can find my Preseason Top 30 list here, for comparisons sake. List after the jump.
Coors Field is a hitters’ haven. So what have the Yanks done in two games there? They are 12 for 65 with 6 doubles, no home runs and two runs scored. That’s a .185 average for those keeping score at home. But today, in a few hours, long-time Yankee punching bag Rodrigo Lopez takes the mound. I’m predicting, knock on wood, an offensive explosion from a Bombers’ offense waiting to burst out in Colorado. · (1) ·
There exists a tendency after a loss to assign blame to the manager. Some people go so far as to blame the manager exclusively for the loss (we’re looking at you, NoMaas). Yes, sometimes it is the manager’s fault. Most times, though, it’s everyone’s fault — and the manager just doesn’t help things.
Yes, I’m referring to Torre’s decision to bring out Pettitte for the seventh. Now, let’s be clear: I’m not saying “Joe’s an idiot” or anything of that nature. I’m just pointing out that sending him out for the seventh, after a 21-pitch, two-run sixth, was a questionable move.
Triple-A Scranton (7-4 win overÂ Durham)
Jamal Strong: 1 for 2, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Eric Duncan: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 KÂ - just when you’re ready to give up on him…BAM!
Shelley Duncan: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB – 18th jack puts him on pace for 36..
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 4
Alberto Gonzalez: 0 for 3 – plummeting to new lows…0 for his last 20, hitting .233
Steven White: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HB
Chris Britton: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K – 7 ER in last 8.2 IP
Edwar: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Jim Brower: 1 IP,Â 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – en fuego…
It turns out that there’s no underlying injury in Schilling’s shoulder. That means he really does just suck this bad! (9.1 IP, 19 H, 12 R, 11 ER, 3 BB, 5 K in his last 2 starts) Update by Joe: Schilling has been placed on the 15-day DL. He thinks he has a “touch of tendinitis.” Anyway, another starter is not needed until Tuesday which, as Nick Cafardo notes, would be Jon Lester’s turn to pitch. · (7) ·
Last night, I journeyed south from my Park Slope enclave to Coney Island to catch the home opener of the Brooklyn Cyclones with fellow blogger Emma Span. The Cyclones, the Mets’ affiliate, faced the Staten Island Yankees. The Yanks strung together a bunch of hits and baserunners early on but couldn’t capitalize. Nick Chigges relieved Gabriel Medina after the demoted righty gave the Yanks 5 solid innings. Chigges promptly gave up a three-run home run to Jeffrey Voyles. Chigges walked away from the game with a loss. For more on this game and some pitchers, check out Emma’s post on Eephus Pitch . · (0) ·
The Padres just picked up heavyweight champ Michael Barrett from the Cubbies, leaving the incumbent Josh Bard in a precarious position. Now Bard isn’t nearly as good as his 2006 numbers suggest (.338-.406-.537, 9 HR & 40 RBI while splitting time with the Pizza-man), but he’s better than his 2007 showing (.253-.335-.349, 2 HR, 19 RBI in full-time duty) as his career line suggests (.267-.330-.408).
Bard would unquestionably be an upgrade over Wil Nieves, but he’s also an almost ideal backup:
Thanks to reader C-Note for pointing out this story in the NY Post regarding Phil Hughes’s rehab:
Phil Hughes had the walking boot removed from his left foot yesterday and expects to start throwing within a week in Tampa. Hughes has been out since May 2 with a hamstring injury. He then suffered a severe ankle sprain doing agility drills later in the month.It’s impossible to even speculate as to a timetable at this point (though I’m sure Pete Abraham will). I think it’s safe to say, though, that anticipating a return before August is being aggressive. We sure could use him, though. · (2) ·
There is perhaps no pitcher in the majors who gets as worked up over the strike zone as Mike Mussina. If he throws a pitch near a corner and it’s called a ball, he seriously turns into the Hulk. What usually follows is not pretty. Thank God we weren’t subject to that last night, what we term the Mussina Meltdown. Then again, allowing a home run to a fringe major leager is meltdown-esque.
All in all, Mussina didn’t pitch badly. Three runs over six innings is acceptable when you have a lineup like the Yankees. Really, it was the offense that didn’t deliver. Of the 21 outs recorded by Josh Fogg 13 of them were in the air. That’s usually a bad sign for someone pitching against the Yankees. However, for the most part they weren’t strong flyouts; they were shallow pop ups. And it seemed like everyone was catching the fever.