Down on the Farm

Mike Lowell gets a standing frickin’ ovation for a premeditated, bush league tackle on Cano, but you know for a fact the circumstances would be completely different if A-Rod pulled that kinda crap. They shoulda hit Lowell twice for that shit.

And Joe, way to leave Proctor in what, 6 batters too many? Fuckin’ a man, there’s managers that would kill to have Brian Bruney in their bullpen… 

I’m frustrated, so I’m not going to post the usual in-depth updates, instead I’ll point you here. Here’s the notables:

  • Eric Duncan went 1 for 4 with a double.
  • Shelley Duncan went deep for the 4th straight game.
  • Alan Horne had an outing reminiscent of last year: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HB
  • Jose Tabata went 3 for 4, all singles. He also gunned down a runner at the plate.
  • Juan Miranda continued his recent assault on FSL pitching, going 3 for 4 with 2 doubles. He’s got 9 XBH (7 doubles, 2 homers) and 11 RBI in his last 8 games.
  • Frankie Cervelli went 2 for 4.
  • Joba frickin’ Chamberlain man, damn is that dude good. 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 8-3 GB/FB.

Low-A Charleston got rained out. Apparently God is the only thing that can stop Mitch Hilligoss.

Get well soon Mink.

Proctor knows how to buy himself a break

Scott Proctor had a 5.13 ERA in April, mostly the product of zero-inning, three-run performance against the Red Sox on April 22. Proctor had pitched in the previous two games, allowing no runs in 1.2 IP. He was beginning to be overused, as is Joe Torre’s wont. So on May 6, he threw behind Yuniesky Betancort, earning himself a four-game suspension. Proctor had a 1.50 ERA in May — and that was completely the product of his meltdown last Sunday.

His location has been off lately — he’s been missing spots like crazy. And it’s not unfathomable to think that he just missed on an inside pitch to Youk last night. But Scott has definitely bought himself at least four games again. The All-Star break will buy him another rest.

Maybe we’ll see a completely effective Proctor this season?

Down on the Farm

Six Tampa Yankees were named to the FSL All-Star Team: Mini-Moose Kennedy, Dan McCutchen, Eric Wordekemper, Frankie Cervelli, Reegie Corona and Kevin Russo. I’m guessing Joba hasn’t been down there long enough to earn a spot, though he’s certainly deserving of one based on performance.

If you would have told me before the season that 6 Tampa Yanks would make the All-Star Team, I wouldn’t have guessed it was any of those guys, save Kennedy. So that means the Yanks have some serious depth down there, right?

Triple-A Scranton (7-4 loss to Rochester)
Jamal Strong: 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 3B, – called up from Double-A to take Kevin Thompson’s spot…
Angel Chavez: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Andy Phillips: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Eric Duncan: 1 for 5, 1 RBI
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – threw a runner out at 2nd and home from RF…
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 3, 1 HBP – picked off first
Alberto Gonzalez, Chris Basak, Omir Santos: combined 1 for 12, 7 K – Basak doubled and commited a fielding error… 
Sean Henn: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K – 50 of 72 pitches were strikes (69.4%)
Ben Kozlowksi: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – he’s on pace to throw nearly 97 innings this year…as a reliever…in a 140 game season!
Colter Bean: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Jim Brower: 1 IP, zeroes across the board

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The Mark Teixeira sweepstakes

In his blog today, Buster Olney notes that tensions between Mark Teixeira and Ron Washington as well as the young first baseman’s upcoming free agency may lead the Rangers to trade Teixeira sooner rather than later.

Of course, I started salivating at the thought of Teixeira in a Yankee uniform manning first base. The timing couldn’t be better. Jason Giambi is down and possibly out for the season. The Yanks need to make some move to shake up the team. And Teixeira is an utter beast at the plate and good with the glove. Good bye, Doug Mientkiewicz, in other words.

But then I arrived at this paragraph:

The Yankees have little to no interest in trading for Teixeira, by the way, because they know Texas will want a substantial package in return and they have no interest in paying for him twice.

In one sense, that paragraph dashed my hopes. Teixeira, with his .300/.400/.500 line, won’t be arriving in New York any time soon. But hidden in those words is hope for the future.

Based on what Olney is saying – the Yanks “have no interest in paying for him twice” – it’s clear that when Teixeira hits free agency in November of 2008, the Yanks will throw the bank at home. Jason Giambi’s albatross of a contract will be off the books, and the Yanks will have to fill a hole at first base. What better way to do that than with Mark Teixeira.

Teixeira will be 28 at the time, and I’ll say now, that is one big-ticket signing I’ll be supporting loud and clear come November 2008.