There’s nothing in it that we don’t already know, but Buster Olney and ESPN The Magazine have hopped aboard the Joba bandwagon. In this upcoming magazine piece, Olney waxes poetic on young Mr. Chamberlain’s arrival in the Bronx, the impact this could have on the Yanks’ future and the way this symbolizes Brian Cashman’s control over player development. And now you don’t even need to read it.
Johnny Damon before July 1: .250/.335/.359
Johnny Damon since July 1: .287/.383/.427
Since the calendar turned July, Damon has been an impeccable leadoff hitter. He’s completely hit his way into the lineup every day, and he’s been a real boost at the top of the order.
This is a tougher comp, since he began his ascension before July 1 and had a terrible first couple of months.
Melky Cabrera before July 1: .259/.320/.371
Melky Cabrera since July 1: .332/.374/.500
With those numbers, Melky can slot into a number of lineup spots. Nine seems to be his home, though his OBP is surely good enough for the No. 2 spot.
This leaves us with Jason Giambi, who is seemingly the odd man out. Given his monster April — .322/.404/.517 — no one really could have seen that coming. Many were down on him in May, but his cold hitting turned out to be related to a serious injury.
So by now, many of you have noticed the new look. It’s not ground-breaking, but we’re trying out something new here.
This new theme allows us to have a little more control over the way things are displayed and a bit more control over the customizable aspects of WordPress. We’ve implemented a version of threaded comments that we think is a little bit better than the one we were trying out earlier.
We’ve still got the same great features. The Joba Watch remains where it has sat for much of the season. (How do you like that 100 mph pitch tonight?) We’ve got the asides formatting slightly differently than they did before.
We’ll probably be tweaking things over the next few days and weeks, and we’re certainly willing to listen to any suggestions you guys may have.
So welcome to the new version of River Ave. Blues. Same great content, new look.
In case you missed it, Mini-Moose is taking over for Moose.
Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win over Ottawa)
Brett Gardner & Jose Cruz Jr.: both 1 for 3, 1 K – Gardner committed a fielding error…Cruz Jr. walked & scored a run
Mink: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B – 3 doubles & 9 RBI in 19 minor league AB after 7 & 16 in 124 big league AB
Alberto Gonzalez: 0 for 4, 1 K
Kevin Thompson: 2 for 3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Andy Cannizaro: 2 for 4, 2 RBI – singled in KT for the winning run in the 8th
Jeff Karstens: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 3-12 GB/FB – not even one K?
Ross Ohlendorf: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB
Jose Veras: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Haven’t seen any confirmation, but Karl Ravech just said on Baseball Tonight that IPK will make Moose’s next start. More as I find it…
Update by Ben (11:14 p.m.): Dan Graziano and Ed Price of The Star-Ledger have your confirmation right here. No word on the corresponding 40-man move yet.
When last they met, the Yankees were 24-30, 12.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in fourth place. The Yanks now find themselves 13 games over .500 and in second place, but that 8-game deficit still looms large.
Today, the Yanks face the Red Sox for the first time since A-Rod hit a bomb off of Jonathan Papelbon to deliver the Yanks to a 6-5 win. Today, the Yanks need another win like that.
After a disastrous 2-5 West Coast road trip, they remain 2 games behind the Mariners and have fallen 8 behind the Red Sox. If the Yanks want to make a last-ditch run for the crown, a sweep is in order. If they want to get that Wild Card, wins are needed.
It’s never really a good time for these two teams to face off. The hype and attention paid to these series has gotten well out of control, but here we are again. Andy Pettitte will try yet again to be the stopper as Daisuke Matusaka goes for the Red Sox. And finally, with Chris Britton arriving, I miss Sean Henn already. Don’t you?
1. Johnny Damon LF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Bob Abreu RF
4. Alexander Rodriguez 3B
5. Hideki Matsui DH
6. Jorge Posada C
7. Robinson Cano 2B
8. George A. Phillips 1B – I kid you not. His name is George.
9. Melky Cabrera CF
I’m surprised we didn’t find this earlier. Buried at the bottom of Tyler Kepner’s game story:
The Yankees recalled the right-hander Chris Britton after the game. They needed a fresh pitcher after Sean Henn allowed nine runs on Monday.
Congratulations, Chris. You’ve overcome all the odds. Now languish in the bullpen like all of the other pitchers not in the circle of trust.