Back in May of 2005, we saw the debut of Robinson Cano. He wasn’t exactly a highly regarded prospect — the Diamondbacks rejected him as part of a trade-deadline Randy Johnson trade in 2004. But he tore up AAA in April, and was given the call once the Yanks realized that Tony Womack wasn’t going to cut it (which was about four and a half months after the rest of the league knew it). He ended up being an enormous upgrade, hitting .297/.320/.458 for the season, with 14 homers and 34 doubles on his way to placing second in the Rookie of the Year voting. He also struck out only 68 times in 551 plate appearances, a more than respectable 12% rate (which went along with his minor league numbers post-2002). However, one bit of criticism prevailed: the dude swings at everything.
How many times can Joe Torre keep Mariano Rivera in the bullpen in the 9th inning in a tie game on the road while some lesser reliever blows it? That’s twice in the last three games. Does he ever learn?
There probably will be no game recap. If you didn’t see the game, Scott Proctor walked in the winning run. If you did see the game, you probably didn’t want to be reminded.
I’ll post the pathetic numbers from the last seven days later on.
Expect tomorrow to be a whimsical day. We freakin’ need it.
Finding new ways to lose by the day…Â
Triple-A Scranton (5-0 win over Buffalo)
Justin Christian & Angel Chavez: both 1 for 4, 1 2B – ChristianÂ K’ed
Kevin Reese & Omir Santos: both Â 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – Santos K’ed
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 4, 1 K
Bronson Sardinha: 1 for 3, 1 BB
Mighty Matt: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4BB, 7 K – threw 110 pitchesÂ in outdueling this guy
Chris Britton: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 18 of 22 pitches were strikes (81.8%)Â
BDD: Did you feel any extra pressure maybe during your first few professional seasons after being such a high draft pick?
Smith: Um, no, I certainly didnâ€™t.
(hat tip to TPA)
As you probably already know, the Double-A Trenton pitching staff is having a ridiculous year. Currently manned by Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain, Brett Smith, Jeff Marquez and Alan Horne, theÂ team has also seen the likes of Chase Wright, Jason Jones, Mike Gardner, Scott Patterson, Tim Lavigne and some guy named Clemens take at least 1Â turn through the rotation. The bullpen’s also undergone a facelift, as Zach Kroenke (promoted from Tampa), Justin Pope (demoted from Scranton)Â and Lavigne have replaced KevinÂ Whelan, Gerardo Casadiego (both now with Tampa) and the great Edwar Ramirez (now in Scranton).
To give you an idea about just how dominant this pitching staff has been, here’s some numbers:
I ended up turning off the Red Sox/Mariners game in the third last night, with the Red Sox having taken a 2-1 lead. With Jeff Weaver on the mound, it was only a matter of time before the Red Sox lengthened the lead, right?
Much to my surprise, though, that was all the Red Sox would get from him. Now I wish I had kept it on the rest of the way, or at least through the fifth, when the Mariners roughed up Julian Tavarez and Kyle Snyder (who walked in two runs) for five runs. Watching the seventh would have been more fun, as the M’s hit up Mike Timlin for three runs — two homers.
(Aside: If the Sox release Timlin this year like they did Alan Embree in 2005, do you think Cashman picks him up? Not “do you think Cash should pick him up (because the answer is a vehement “no”), but will he do it? I think he will. And I will be pissed.)
Keep it tuned to Lookout Landing for updates on the series. I don’t know why, but I just see the Sox leaving Seattle without a win.
By the way, best image ever on LL:
Guy in the rally cap: “With guns like these, I should be playing for the Sawks.”
Meanwhile, we’ve got our work cut out for us, as we face Jeremy Guthrie. He’s rollin’ this year. Thankfully, the Yanks have seen him, but certainly not everyone has. He pitched two innings, facing seven hitters, in 2004. Fifty bucks says Cairo gets the start tonight because of that.