(hat tip to TPA)
We must be the last Yankee outlet to mention this, but yeah, Johnny Damon’s reported cramps from Monday are, uh, it’s a bit worse. Word now is a strain. Damon’s scheduled downgrade to “slight tear” is sometime around noon tomorrow.
Also mentioned in the article is the return of Ron Villone. He inked a minor league deal today, leaving us fans to wonder if we’re ever going to get rid of this guy.
No, I do not have a personal vendetta against the one you so affectionately call T-Clip, there’s just some things about the kid that concern me. But before I get into that, check out the 10 most similar players to Clippard via First Inning’s FIPro (which uses some fancy sabermetric stuff, which I’m sure some people will appreciate):
Derrick Van Dusen
Hmmm, interesting. And just who the hell are those people? Jimmy Gobble is the Royals swingman and is surprisingly good at what he does, but the rest of the lot? All but Tiller were once highly thought of prospects, but now they aren’t even has beens, they’re never wases. They all share one thing in common though: ace stats in the minors, average stuff, failed to reach their ceilings. Okay, so that’s 3 things in common.
EJ’s usually great with facts and such, but he makes a gross error here:
Tyler Clippard does not rely on deception.
Contrare, monfrare. I present to you Tyler Clippard’s delivery:
As Joe mentioned earlier, Triple-A Scranton’s roster is basically set. Same deal with Double-A Trenton and Low-A Charleston. I’m glad to the see the Yanks took the right approach with Eduardo Nunez and Austin Jackson, leaving them at Charleston so they can get themselves together as opposed to rushing them. I do think they’re making a mistake by sending Tim Norton to Charleston instead of High-A Tampa, but it will be fun to see him put up 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER,Â 1 BB,Â 9 K lines until he’s promoted.
Speaking of High-A Tampa, via the highly scientific process of elimination I can tell you that Tampa’s rotation is going to consist of George Kontos, Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain, and 2 guys to be named later (I’m thinking Zack Kroenke and relievers until Lance Pendleton is ready in late April, but just imagine if Christian Garcia was healthy). The lineup will have (in no particular order) Colin Curtis, Marcos Vechionacci, Jose Tabata, Ben Jones, Juan Miranda andÂ Tim Battle, amongst others.
Forget aboutÂ Scranton, that team in Tampa is going to be stacked. Â Like 2005 Jacksonville Suns stacked.
We usually leave matters like this to Mike, but I saw Scranton’s Opening Day roster, and I couldn’t resist.
|Phil Hughes||SP||Zach Duke|
|Tyler Clippard||SP||Ian Snell|
|Ross Ohlendorf||SP||Paul Maholm|
|Matt DeSalvo||SP||Tom Gorzelanny|
|Steven Jackson||SP||Tony Armas, Jr.|
|Chris Britton||SP||Solomon Torres|
|T.J. Beam||SP||Matt Capps|
|Colter Bean||SP||Damaso Marte|
|Justin Pope||SP||Jonah Bayliss|
|Charlie Manning||SP||Juan Perez|
|Ben Kozlowski||SP||Jon Wadin|
|Raul Chavez||C||Ronny Paulino|
|Eric Duncan||1B||Adam LaRoche|
|Chris Basak||2B||Jose Castillo|
|Alberto Gonzalez||SS||Jack Wilson|
|Andy Phillips||3B||Freddie Sanchez|
|Kevin Reese||LF||Jason Bay|
|Kevin Thompson||CF||Chris Duffy|
|Bronson Sardinha||RF||Xavier Nady|
It may net me a worse record this year, but overall, I’m taking the team on the left. As much as I like Duke, Gorzelanny, and Capps, Scranton’s rotation has a much higher ceiling.
I would have done this comparison with the Nationals…but that would have been a slam dunk.
At least he didn’t do this: