Toronto @ Yankees 8/1/06

Abreu_pinstripped_2_2 Firstly just for fun, take a look at the video of Abreu taking BP here from Yes. He found the bullpen without a problem.

This post will be updated through the game, live.

Jaret Wrong takes the mound tonight. I will be happy if he leaves with more than 5 innings AND the Yankees still IN the game. I hate to be so harsh on the guy, but he has got to start burning some innings! He must see the writing on the wall with Lidle. Hopefully that pressure will make him improve. Wright has a 10.75 ERA against Toronto!!!

1st Inning: We got out of the top of the 1st with only one hit, a double by Catalanotto. They stranded him on third thankfully. Burnett gets a 1-2-3 to finish the 1st inning.

2nd Inning: Wright walks Overbay, and then drills Hill. Then w/2 outs, McDonald smacks a dub to score Overbay. 1-0 Jays. Reed Johnson JUST misses a Homerun. Thankfully it was just a loud strike. Will Jaret make it past the 3rd? He’s been out there forever in this heat, and not fairing well. Abreu records the third out.
For the Yanks, A-Rod strikes out looking… (Boos)…. ABREU IS UP! And back to the dugout.. NICE HUSTLE on a little dinker, he almost made it! In the end, ANOTHER 1-2-3 for AJ Burnett. He’s got good stuff.

3rd inning: NICE catch by Damon to get Catalanotto out. Wells pops up to Miggy. K for Wright! Glaus swings at 3. Finally a 1-2-3 for us!
Bernie lines out. Melky out on a broken bat to Hill. Cairo Doubles! Nice shot to the right corner. JD is up with Cairo ready to come home on 2 outs. Called 3rd strike with Johnny watchin…

4th Inning: Overbay flies out. Hinske hits a rope to center for a hit. Zaun strikes out looking, another K for Wright. But over 80 pitches, only in the 4th inning… This is why he never gets past 5 innings. Hill lines one to Center, moves Hinske to 3rd. McDonald is up. Over 85 pitches now, they already called the bullpen… McDonald grounds out to Jeter, who will lead off.
Jeter walks. Then steals 2nd. That’s #22 for #2, and caught only 2X. I gotta play 2222 tomorrow! The Giambino swats one to right, moves Jeter to 3rd. 1st and 3rd, no outs for A-Rod. Now would be a good redemption time Alex!!! Yes! A-Rod doubles with a nice shot to the right corner and brings home Jeets on the 3-0. Runners at 2nd and 3rd, ABREU up. Lets go Bobby!!! Abreu pulls pitch #8 from AJ for the 3-2. on TEN pitches, Abreu walks. THAT is what his strength is, even when he doesnt hit. Its an arguable check swing, the second for that at-bat, but it was called ball 4 regardless. posada up with the bases loaded. He hits .312 with bases loaded and has 12 Grand Slams! OUCH, struck out. Nice job AJ. BUT, we still got 2 outs to go as Bernie steps up. YES! DOUBLE By Bernie Williams to drive in everybody, 4-1 Yankees! THAT double TIES Bernie with Don Matingly for 2nd on the all-time list of Yankees, only behind the Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig. Congrats Bernie! Melky Cabrera flies out. Boy did Jaret need an inning like this. AJ  should be getting tired now. Abreu’s at-bat got the Yanks an extra run, and a very tired opposing pitcher. That’s more valuable than a solo homer on the 1st pitch. Cairo grounds out to third, end of a LOOONGinning.

5th Inning: Reed johnson leads off, and singles. Catalanotto hits into a 4-6-3 DP. Wells Ks for out #3. Michael Kay was saying earlier "why doesn’t Jaret Wright uses his fastball more often?". Which makes me ask, well, the same thing! I think it’s his best pitch, and at 95, nothing to laught at.
Top of the order for the Yanks. AJ Burnett is OUTTTTTTTTA there. Jeremy Accardo is in from the pen. Who? Ah, doesn’t matter. Damon grounds out. Jeter (who by the way, can "do it all" according to kayleexxx@aol.com 🙂 ) grounds out to 2nd. Giambi does the same, Mr. Accardo did just fine for the 1-2-3.

6th Inning: Jaret Wright is OUTTTTTTTTA there too now. Hot night, I can’t blame either tonight. But this is par for the course for Jaret. BUT, this is the best outing I have witnessed by him all year. I take back the Jaret Wrong comment! Ron Villone takes over against Glaus. Glaus pops out to Bobby. Overbay pops out to Melky. Alex Rios is in to pinch hit for Hinske. Didn’t help, flied out to Damon for a 1-2-3 from Villone.
A-Rod leads off, with a single. Then steals 2nd. Abreu flies out to center, A-Rod tags, but then stays at 2nd, resepcting Wells arm. WOW. Posada sends a shot to right and Rios makes a **** of a throw to Zaun at home, who makes a **** of a scoop and a tag to get A-rod out at home. That shouldn’t have happened, but gotta give Toronto credit for good play. Bernie gets walked. Accardo is getting the hook for Brian Tallet. Melky singles, bases loaded! BUT, Cairo flies out, and leaves all the boys on base.

7th Inning: Greg Zaun leads off. The 3-2 gets dealt and sent BACK to Villone faster than it was delivered. Luckily, it landed in his glove, and he held it. You gotta see that one live, wow. GREAT snatch by Ron, but i think it was more about self-preservation than getting an out. 🙂 Aaron Hill takes the 1st pitch for a pop-out to Bobby, then McDonald gets hit by Villone. That will bring in Doctor Proctor. johnson singles to right, 1st and 2nd, 2 outs, Catalanotto up, flies out to Bobby Areu. Damon leads agin, and pops out to short. Jeter singles to bring Pitcher Brandon League in for Brian Tallet. Andy Phillips enters the game, Jeter steals AGAIN! Phillips singles, moving Jeter to 3rd. A-Rod steps up to the plate and grounds out, but Jeter scores! 5-1 Yanks! Abreu grounds out to second. 😦 Don’t disregard what he has done tonight just because he didn’t get any hits! 0-3 but with a run, and he had those great long at bats that wear down pitchers.

8th Inning: Wells leads off and singles to left, only to have Glaus hit into a double play; A-Rod-Cairo-Phillips. Overbay grounds to 1st to retire the side.
Posada leads off and grounds out to 1st. Bernie flies out to left. Cabrera flies out to Wells for the 1-2-3. I can atually hear them in the audio booth cueing up Metallica’s Black Album: Track? Enter Sandman of course….

9th Inning: BUT NO, NO SANDMAN! Kyle Farnsworth enters the game to close it out! Due up? Rios, Zaun, and Hill. Rios grounds out to Jeter. Zaun gives Jeter a little more action, with a little blooper for the 2nd out.Aaron Hill comes to the plate for their last chance, and Farnsworth strikes him out!

The Yankees Win! THEEEEEEEEEEEE Yankes Win! Final score 5-1 Yankees.

The SAWKS lost! that means……..  THE YANKEES ARE IN FIRST PLACE!
Lets hold on to it a little while boyz.

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Yankees Player of the Game: I gotta give this one to the guy I thought at the start of my post could hurt us tonight, JARET WRIGHT! Congrats Jaret, and I’m Glad you were the WRIGHT guy tonight, and not the Wrong one. Nice outing.

Runner up: Bernie Williams. The more I think about it, it should have probably gone to Bernie. But I felt so bad for putting down Jaret so hard, I had to give it to him.

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Better backstop for October

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Jorge Posada may find his Maserati easier to drive with his knees hurting less. When I saw him leaving the parking lot a couple weeks ago (photo above), I couldn’t help but notice what a beautiful car it was! Why would his knees hurt less? Well, we will have to see how the last minute deal will play out, but here is how it went. Chacon goes to Pittsburgh. Craig Wilson comes to NY. That’s it! Straight up trade, and a no brainer. AGAIN, Cashman deserves credit.

What’s this gotta do with Jorge???

Wilson Wilson is an outfielder, right? Well yes, he is. But talk about a nice utility player, he also plays 1st base, and CATCHER! I’m not saying I want to replace Georgie, no way! Still in my mind one of our best clutch hitters. Ignore his .avg, it just doesn’t mean much. And honestly, how many Catchers can you name in MLB today that are really BETTER??? A few come to mind that are very good, but all could be argued they are not as good, or maybe better in one category or another. But not better OVERALL. Pudge-rod and (fill in first name) Molina come to mind. What is it with all the good Catchers being Latino? Oh wait, most of the best players are from latin countries nowadays, not the US… But that’s a subject for another day.

Kelly Stinnett was no help to the offense when giving Jorge a break, so we got Sal Fasano. Well that WAS an upgrade to Stinetts bat, but who wouldn’t be? Fasano has actually performed REALLY well so far in pinstripes, but the sample is so small I won’t even post his numbers. Now with this most recent trade, we add a THIRD backup Catcher, or a 2nd big moustache, depending how you look at it. We don’t need to use him as the backstop every day, or even every week. But having him AND Fasano there means Posada should get some REAL days off. And he NEEDS them! He plays SO much better when rested. But the big difference should show up in October, when it will count. Last year, and the year before…. Jorge was just WORN OUT by playoff time. Having a utility player to stand in at 1st AND the OF, AND the plate makes this trade a great deal.

Chacon_dumbfounded Chacon: THANKS FOR LAST YEAR! You were amazing. Between Chacon and Small, WOW. Who’d a thunk it. Chacon was 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA in 14 games, 12 starts! But Chacon has not performed well this year at all, I am sorry to say. For 2006 he was 5-3 with a 7.00 ERA in 17 games, with 11 starts. And those stats actually make him sound better than he looked. So sending him to Steel City, especially after acquiring Lidle, won’t hurt anything.

I hope Torre USES his backup backstops as much as possible for the next 4-8 weeks. Let Jorge be the player he can be when rested will add runs, and WINS when we will need them the most. As far as I am concerned, with our "new" lineup now, until Matsui and Shef come back, we just need to tread water until September. Stay atop the wild card, and right on Bostons heels. But we need to make the most of our games Vs. the Sox. We have 9 to go against them, they will make the difference. We take most of them, and bring in a STRONG Shef, Matsui, and well rested Posada, we will have the most feared batting lineup in MLB come October. And should be sitting in 1st place.

Note to rest of the team: Stay Healthy!!!

It ain’t 4:00 yet!

Abreu_pinstripped_24:00 (eastern) is the end of the trade deadline. So it ain’t over, well, to use a Yogiism, till it’s over.

The more I thought about the trade, the more happy I am about it. It’s a total win for the Yanks. We kept everyone I was afraid were going to get traded. I would have cried if Cano got traded! Melky going would have hurt bad too. Even Cairo, I’d hate to see him go. There are so many good YOUNG future players we can NOT afford to get rid of. Abreu? YES! GREAT! But he isn’t going to help us win the 2009 World Series. Well, it’s highly unlikely anyway. Cano is a "JETERESQUE" type player. HE MUST NOT BE TRADED! Out of everyone "on the block", he should be the #1 priority to keep, at least out of our players in the Majors currently.

From down on the farm, Phil Hughes has got to be retained. He really looks like the real deal. He might even be ready for the bigs now, but personally, I would not want to rush him. I wish I could beg and plead to Cashman directly, but surely he must know, right??? I recall some bad trades in the past, we all know them, right? Some guys you just gotta find a way to keep. I know, I know; "we gotta win NOW!!!"

Did the Jay Beuhner trade years ago help us win that year? Did it cost us wins in later years? It’s like playing solitaire. You can think back and say "if I had moved the K off the 4th row instead of the 6th, I would have won because I would have uncovered that ace earlier. Well maybe if it was at the very end of the game you could see that, but to think that way about a move you made early on in the game, well the move you made changed so many things you don’t know what it might have gained or lost you. Not uncovering that ace might have been what cost you the game, but it might have been some other card (or multiple cards) had you turned the other King. But one move in solitaire you never hesitate to make is moving an ACE UP. You don’t have to think about it. You see an ace, you move it up. It will never hurt you. It’s a no brainer. Cano is an ACE. It appears Hughes is as well, but nobody is proven in the majors until they play in the majors. But WE need to give him that chance, not some other team.

The point of this post is that we have not gotten the one thing we really need. A "KNOWN" starting, winning, pitcher. Someone we can bring in that you KNOW will be unhittable, like we did with Randy Johnson (muted snicker). or a "known" bullpen helper. We can’t be sure what Lidle will bring. But who’s on the block that we would WANT? Only two names pop out at me.

Barry Zito. WOW. That would be AWESOME. Getting a GOOD LEFTY starter? But NOT worth, say; Hughes, Melky, and Cano. And that’s about the only way I see something like that happening is with 2/3 TOP players/prospects. I DON’T like it at that cost. if we can do it with MONEY alone, or a few "maybe" prospects along with the cash. If you can do it just for money, BUY AWAY GEORGE!

D-Train. How cool would it be to get Willis??? But I simply don’t see the Marlins giving him up. the fans would probably perform a coup on the front office. Or would it be a mutiny? Either way, I don’t see it happening at any cost.

That’s it for this installment. I will wait by with my fingers crossed, for 4:00 to pass. Then wait with like a kid on Christams Eve, for tomorrows game seeing Bobby in (blue) pinstripes.

Spags

And now batting for the New York Yankees, Number 53

BOBBY ABREU!!!

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I didn’t think it would happen until tomorrow, IF it happened!
I didn’t think it would happen without giving up Phil Hughes! Or Eric Duncan for that matter.
Let’s have some applause for Cashman on that one!!! (golf clap)

But wait, there’s more! COREY LIDLE will also be wearing Pinstripes (and not red ones). As a side note case ya didn’t know, Corey grew up with, and played HS ball with Jason Giambi. I hate to use the word "average" when it comes to a starting pitcher, cause that hardly describes what it takes to BE a major league pitcher of any talent level. But I like his numbers more than some pitchers we could have gotten. I know most people would say better him than Jon Lieber, but in truth, I felt it was a mistake letting him go when we could have kept him another year so cheaply.  He gave us a lot last year. But hey, LOTS of pitchers gave us more, and we let THEM go. Anyone remember a guy named Andy Pettitte? But I digress. He should fill in the number 5 spot QUITE nicely. Let’s just hope he doesn’t take the normal NL to AL downhill that most pitchers do. Jaret Wright can chill in the pen. If/When Pavano and Dotel make it here, let things settle where they may. After yesterdays outing, Randy may need a little break a while anyway, so who knows. Corey may be a number 4.

Abreu makes for a little dilemma once Shef and Godzilla get back. But right now, I’d rather too many than too few. Guiel can always be used as…. well I have no idea! I have to assume the lineup in the outfield will be:
Abreu RF
Damon CF
Melky LF
It’s time to use Bernie as a DH against lefties only. This means Giambi will probably play 1st though, maybe too often. I don’t envy Torre in the decision making process here, but I’m sure we can count on him using Bernie more than he should. DISCLAIMER: That was not a Bernie Bash. YES, I love Bernie too…. But not full time any more.

Overall, I am thrilled with the trade. And I can’t say I recall saying that too often the last 2 or 12 years.

We gave up:
C.J. Henry SS
Jesus Sanchez C
Matt Smith LHP
Carlos Monasterios RHP

I’m not discrediting ANY of these guys, I wouldn’t do that. For all I know they could all end up in Coopestown! All solid players, and GOOD prospects. The key here is we retained what we (we=The Yankees, and the fans) consider to be our "top" prospects. We weren’t going to get nothing for nothing! I repeat myself; I a very happy with this trade.

That’s all for now, I just HAD to comment on it once I heard.

CONGRATS TO MOOSE on Win #13!!! It wasn’t the spanking I wanted to give the D-Rays, but it’s a W.

Spags

The MOOSE is LOOSE!

OK, this is my first official post on my blog, and it will be short and sweet!

MOOSE is pitching today, and I am so ready to see the Yanks wipe up the Stadium with the D-Rays after Yesterdays debacle. IMHO, Moose IS OUR ACE, NOT RJ! He (Johnson) just isn’t consistent enough, in case you didn’t notice.

I am short on time right this minute, so I must keep this short. Hopefully I can start posting something worth reading in the near future.

Spags