Karma’s a bitch, A-rod learns the hard way

As I watched A-Rod limp off the field this evening, my thoughts echoed that word written on the back of Cynthia Rodriguez’s shirt and so tastelessly bleeped out by the New York Post. “F—!” I thought with dashes taken up the spaces usually filled by a U, C and K.

And then I blamed C-Rod. You see, baseball karma is a powerful force. She wore a t-shirt to the Stadium that is expressly forbidden by Stadium rules. She, the wife of baseball’s $250 million superstar, flaunted the rules. She tempted Fate, and Fate came back to kick her husband in the ass. Or, as with so many other Yankees this season, the hamstring.

Next, I blamed Justin Morneau. Get out of the way, Justin. First, this guy undeservedly stole the MVP from Derek Jeter. Now, his fielders’ ineptness and his inability to stay out of the way led to an injury to the one guy the Yankees can’t lose.

Then, I sighed resignedly and started praying. The Yanks have announced that Alex Rodriguez has a strained hamstring. They aren’t saying tight or tweaked or anything else that would indicate a less severe injury. They are saying “strain,” and hamstring strains usually lead to DL stints. If the Yanks lost A-Rod, his 28 HR, 80 RBI and .671 SLG for an extended period of time, they would be dead in the water. I don’t need to break out the sabermetrics to show you just how important Alex Rodriguez is to the future success of the Yankees; anyone who watches games on a daily basis already understands that.

So with doom and gloom settling in, we just have to wait. Negative Nancy over here is warning us that the upper part of A-Rod’s hamstring suffered the brunt of the pull. That could be Very Bad. But at the same time, A-Rod is, in the finest sense of a timeless baseball cliché, a competitor. He won’t be content missing games, missing the All Star Game, sitting around like a lump for the Yankees’ most important month of a bad season. He’ll want to come back quickly; he’ll want to DH if possible.

But right now, we just don’t know. We’ll know more tomorrow after an examination. So we wait with fingers crossed and breath baited. The waiting is the hardest part.

Has anyone been paying attention to Marcos Vechionacci lately???

Couple things: 

  • Ian Patrick Kennedy has become a regular on BA’s Hot Sheet, and checks in at #5 this week.
  • Steve White was named the International League Pitcher of the Week.
  • Alan Horne, Jeff Marquez & Matt Carson will be representing Trenton in the Eastern League All-Star game.

Triple-A Scranton (11-5 win over Ottawa)
Justin Christian: 2 for 6, 1 R, 1 K – 12 for 38 (.316) with 11 runs scored in 9 games with Scranton
Juan Francia: 1 for 3, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Kevin Reese: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – 5 for 12 (.417) with 5 RBI since moving to the 3-hole
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – hey look, another Shelley Duncan homer wasted in Scranton…
Angel Chavez: 3 for 5, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K
Eric Duncan: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – 4 doubles in his last 7 games
Bronson Sardinha: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Andy Cannizaro: 3 for 5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
Mighty Matt: 6 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB
Sean Henn: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Charlie Manning: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

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You’ve let me down for the last time son

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.

We ♥ Neshek

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.

Get over it

There’s worse things in the world than Cynthia Rodriguez having “FUCK YOU” in 2-inch letters across the back of her shirt (seriously, you’d need to have a great set of eyes to be able to read that from even 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.

2007 International Signees

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 power (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.

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The Yankees are not going to win with this team

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.
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