Tagged: CC Sabathia

The No. 5 spot: A never ending problem

Chamberlain 1:7.jpgAs it stands right now, the Yankees will go into opening day with the following rotation: CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte and Javier Vazquez. Not bad for the first four. But the number five spot remains open.

The Yankees have choices. They can go with Joba, they can go with Hughes, or they could slip in Serigo Mitre, who just yesterday signed a one-year $850,000 deal, according to the Associated Press.

If you have read anything I have written, you will notice a hatred of mine for the idea of putting Joba in the rotation. Hughes is a better starter and Joba is a far better reliever. So it seems pretty simple doesn’t it? Just put Hughes in the rotation and Joba in the bullpen. It would work as both a long term and shor term solution. But, the ridiculous Yankee coaching staff philosophy has me backed in a corner.

First off, let’s just remove Mitre, who most certainly does not deserve a spot over Hughes or Joba.

Who should be the fifth starter for the Yankees?(polling)
But back to the issue. Just as the Yankees had a “Joba Rule” thing in effect, you can bet your dollar they would have some “Hughes Rules” as well. Which makes me very skeptical. There is no doubt that you can attribute Chamberlains atrocious starting pitching to the fact that he was constantly on a pitch count. It made him always think about the pitch count, which took his focus away from being aggressive.

In 2010, the wheels would be off for Joba, so maybe he would be a better starter. I’m afraid that the same thing that happened to Joba will happen to Hughes, should they put him in the rotation.

But either way, you go with the better option. Like I said, Hughes is a better starter, and Chamberlain is a better reliever. Long term, Hughes can be the next Pettitte, and Chamberlain can be the next Rivera (maybe a bit worse.) You might as well set up for that now, rather than screwing stuff up. ⧫

Top 5 Google.com results

Here are the top 5 dumbest results on google.com for the Yankees.

5) “mariano rivera”
Google Rivera.pngFYI, if you type in Jose Molina, he has a bunch of results.

4) “is joe girardi”
Google Girardi.pngCatholic, black, sick, ill, hispanic? Try watching the game.

3) “what does alex rodriguez”
Google A-Rod.pngI don’t know? FOOD! Not to mention the even stupider question in the last row.

2) “is cc sabathia”
Google Sabthia.pngUmmm, yes, he is.

1) “is johnny damon”
Google Damon.pngWell, with the way he’s handled his negotations this off season, I’d say so.

Chat or Chuck: Kelvim Escobar

Bottom line: With Bruney and Coke gone and left field taken care of, the Yankees need pitching, and lots of it. With the bullpen thin, Chamberlain and Hughes need to stay there. So, as the rotation stands right now, there are only three guys there. Cashman has hinted that Lackey is too high of a price, so lets take a look at a smaller investment: Kelvim Escobar.


  • He will come pretty cheap.
  • He has a 4.15 ERA in 12 seasons.
  • He has pitched in Anaheim, so he is used to big games.
  • He has postseason experience.
  • He is pretty young at age 33.
  • He has started over 200 games in his career.
  • He isn’t a type A or B, so the Yankees won’t lose any draft picks.


  • There are better options on the free agent market.
  • He was injured last year and had very limited playing time.
  • He walked 7.2 batters per nine innings last season.

Chat or Chuck?
With three accomplished and reliable starters in Sabathia, Burnett and Pettitte, a big game ace pitcher, such as Lackey, is just unnecesary. Escobar can be a reliable end of the rotation pitcher. Like I said, the Yankees need pitching. Every option is important, and Escobar is a very good option.


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Chat or Chuck: Matt Holliday

Hes the one we have all heard about. The most prized possession of the 2009-2010 off season. After a shaky ending in his time in St. Louis, Holliday is up in the air and ready to sign a big long term deal.

Player Profile:

Matt Holliday.gif Matt Holliday
Age/Type FA: 29/A
Career (6 Seasons): .318 BA .933 OPS 152 HR 1030 H
Best Season (2007): .340 BA 216 H 137 RBI

Why Chat?:

  • He led the league in hits, batting average, RBI’s, and doubles in 2007.
  • He will only be 30 years old at the beginning of next season.
  • He is consistent, hitting over .300 in his past five seasons.
  • The Yankees need an outfielder with the absence of Damon and/or Matsui.
  • He wants to play on the east coast.
  • He has experience in the postseason, including the world series.

Why Chuck?:

  • He is a type A free agent and the Yankees will need to give up high draft picks again.
  • He won’t be cheap and will demand a long term contract.

Chat or Chuck?:
This is the guy the Yankees need. This is the guy that can make the difference. Lets face it, Damon and Matsui will not be on the Yankees together next year, and the Yankees need to fill that hole. Holliday will make this team younger, and can be part of a core that will become a dynasty. The combination of Holliday, Teixeira, A-Rod, Sabathia, Chamberlain, Hughes, Cano, Burnett, and Cabrera looks nice for the next five years.

The Yankees have made it clear that there first priority is a starting pitcher. Having said that, the Yankees will go aggresivley after someone to fill that spot and will then come aggressively after Holliday later in the off season, with a big, long term deal.


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NY Note #3

Jose Catching.pngWhat do you think is going to happen with the backup catcher situation?
Bring back Molina, or use Cervelli? Or will it be someone entirely
different? What would you like to see happen?

Virginia Califano
Cold Springs, NY

Good question. Of all of the big Yankee free agents — such as Damon and Matsui — little attention is being given to a player that, for a lot of the year, came up in conversation a lot.

To answer your question, it’s very tough to predict what the Yankees will do. All I can say is that the Yankees are very high on Molina and his defensive abilities; starting him in the World Series over Posada will show you that. Obviously, they think he is extremely important to their huge investment in A.J. Burnett, so in that regard, I would say they would bring him back. Plus the fact that he wouldn’t be very expensive.

On the other hand, the Yankees have very openly said that they want to get younger and more athletic, and in that regard, Cervelli would be the obvious choice.

As for me, I would like to see them show some confidence in Cervelli. Obviously, Molina is one of the best defensive catchers in the league, but Cervelli is certainly not a liability behind the plate. As Molina plays a huge factor for Burnet, Cervelli actually plays as a huge factor for an even bigger investment in C.C. Sabathia. When C.C. threw to Cervelli, opposing hitters hit just .195 as opposed to .233 with Molina and .262 with Posada.

We also have to consider offense. Molina has really become a liability in that regard. This season, Molina hit .217 and Cervelli hit .298. Each had just one homer.

In the end, neither is a huge difference maker, but both have their advantages. Molina helps A.J. and is a better defensive catcher while Cervelli helps C.C. and is a better offensive catcher. To me, what it comes down to is that Cervelli is a younger player with more potential, and that always proves to be the better choice.

– NYColeman


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Reactions from the parade

Parade 11:6.pngI was not able to attend today’s Yankee ticker tape parade due to my Algebra teacher. But, regardless, a million New Yorkers crowded the streets of Broadway as the Yankees floated by in the chilly, windy weather. An estimated 33% of the fans were from outside the five boroughs. For many of the Yankee players — including playoff star Alex Rodriguez — it was their first time taking the victory ride. Here are some quotes and reactions from the parade.

“We welcome you all to the biggest party in town!”
– Michael Bloomberg

“Just incredible. A magical day; it’s hard not to enjoy that. New York has the best fans in the world.”
– Hal Steinbrenner

“They never get old. It’s been 10 years. It’s amazing. The
parade is extra special because everybody is celebrating with you.”
– Joe Girardi

“You feel like the president waving to everyone. You wish you could
thank everyone. I think they know we appreciate it.”
– Derek Jeter

“I’m so overjoyed. You don’t know how many times you’re going to
get the opportunity to be in a tickertape parade in New York City.”
– Johnny Damon

“Andy told me it’d be a mob scene. It’s amazing, the amount of people who are out there celebrating what we do.”
– CC Sabathia

“It was something special. You never take it for granted when you have the chance. I thank God.”
– Mariano Rivera


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And the Yankees are World Champions!

’09 Yanks nab 27th World Championship.

World Series Champs.pngOn December 12th, 2008, A.J. Burnett signed an $82.5 million contract with the Yankees. I sent an email to my dad who as at work with the link to the article on the signing. My dad replied by saying, “don’t count your chickens until the eggs hatch.”

327 days and 28 million seconds later, the Yankees passed around their 27th World Series trophy, for the first time in nine years. From CC’s horrible start on opening day, to A-Rod’s walk off in the fifteenth inning against the Red Sox, the Yankees have climbed every mountain, jumped every hurdle and now stand atop every team in Major League Baseball.

“You realize how difficult it is to get here,” Yankees captain Derek
Jeter said. “I never lost sight of the fact that it’s very difficult to
get to the World Series, let alone to win one. You realize and remember
how hard it is.”

Yanks Celebrate.jpgIn his potential final game as a Yankee, Hideki Matsui tied a World Series record with six RBI’s in a game, sealing up his World Series MVP honors.

“This is what the Steinbrenner family has strived for, year after year
— to deliver to the city of New York,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi
said. “To be able to deliver this to the Boss, the stadium that he
created and the atmosphere around here, it’s very gratifying to all of

Probably most gratifying to Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. The king of
baseball has now sealed his resume. Alex Rodriguez has now won a
championship and is now the true champion that we all know him to be.

Andy Pettitte stepped up big for the Yankees on three days rest, and in possibly his final game in pinstripes, helped get his sixth ring.

“This is what you set out to do when you go to Spring Training,”
Pettitte said. “It’s a great feeling to be able to accomplish with the
rest of the team. This is what you play for.”


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World Series Game 1 Preview

Phillies Logo Script.gifWorld Series 2009.gifYankees Logo Script.gif
First pitch of the 2009 World Series:
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Phillies probable pitcher:

Cliff Lee.jpg
Cliff Lee
#34 LHP
(14-13) 3.22 ERA 231.2 IP 181 SO 1.234 WHIP
Last Game: 10/18 vs LAD: W, 8.0, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 SO
Postseason (2009): (2-0) 0.74 ERA 0.699 WHIP
vs Yankees (Season): (1-1) 3.00 ERA 1.750 WHIP
Away (Season): (8-5) 3.57 ERA 1.231 WHIP
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Derek Jeter (30)
Best BA: Derek Jeter (.407, 11 for 27)
Most H: Derek Jeter (11)
Most HR: Jorge Posada, Alex Rodriguez (2)
Notable Stat: 2009 SO/BB: 4.21
Yankees probable pitcher:

CC Sabathia.jpg
CC Sabathia
#52 LHP
(19-8) 3.37 ERA 230.0 IP 197 SO 1.148 WHIP
Last Game: 10/20 @ LAA: W, 8.0 IP, 5 H, R, 2 BB, 5 SO, HR
Postseason (2009): (3-0) 1.19 ERA 0.882 WHIP
vs Phillies (Season): (0-0) 3.38 ERA 1.125 WHIP
Home (Season): (7-2) 3.17 ERA 1.133 WHIP
Opposing Hitters (Phillies):
Most PA: Raul Ibañez (43)
Best BA: Carlos Ruiz (.667, 2 for 3)
Most H: Raul Ibañez (11)
Most HR: Raul Ibañez (2)
Notable Stat: vs LHB: .198 BA
Keys to the Game:
  1. You gotta swing: With a SO/BB ratio of 4.21, Cliff Lee is a major strike thrower. If you go up there taking pitches, your going to fall behind, badly.
  2. Early indicator: After first pitch strikes, opposing batters are hitting just .248 off Lee. When he throws a first pitch ball, they are hitting .316. That should give you an early indication of how effective Lee will be tonight.
  3. Get the leadoff man on: Lee is a great pitcher, and your not going to get a lot of opportunities. When leading off an inning, batters are hitting .320 off Lee. That will be one of your only chances to get something started, so take advantage.
  4. Start it up early: With no outs, opposing hitters are batting .307 off Lee. Again, your not going to get many chances, so take advantage.
  5. Pray: This guys pretty good.
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Bring on the Phillies

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First pitch of the 2009 World Series:
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The stage is all set. The defending champion Philadelphia Phillies will face off against The New York Yankees starting Wednesday night. While it may seem very easy to celebrate and get all happy right now, remember, there is still one more mountain to climb. It’s a mountain that may be the most difficult to climb this year. It should be a good series. Below I have a list of a couple of things to keep in mind as the series progresses. 

  1. CC Sabathia’s Saved: With the win on Sunday, the Yankees avoided using CC Sabathia again and their rotation will go unaffected. CC can now pitch game 1 rather than having to wait until game 3 if a game 7 was needed. It’s a situation that has probably kept the Yankees as favorites in this series. 
  2. Phillies in Game 2: Cliff Lee will start game 1, no doubt. But the question still looms for the Phillies over who their game 2 starter will be. They have a few options. They can go with the future hall of famer, Pedro Martinez, who has much experience against the Yankees. Or, they can go with the defending World Series MVP, Cole Hamels. If it was last year, Hamels would have been a no doubter. But its not last year. After a disappointing season, Hamels has pitched to a 6.75 ERA in 3 postseason starts.
  3. Howard vs Lefties: The win in game 6 also allowed for the Yankees to throw 5 lefties should the series go to seven games. That will be a problem for the 2009 NLCS MVP, Ryan Howard. In the regular season, Howard hit .207 against lefties, and .319 against righties. If the Phillies are going to win this series, Howard will be a part of it. And the heavy left handed staff for the Yankees may come in the way of that. 
  4. Can A-Rod Continue?: With another series comes another question: Can A-Rod keep it up? He hit .455 in the LDS and .429 in the LCS. He has combined for 5 HR’s and 12 RBI’s. Toward the end of the series, the Angels began to pitch around him, and it will be interesting to see how the Phillies deal with him. In this lineup, you may need to pitch to him. 
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To CC or not to CC?

Two proven pitchers… two good options.

CC 10:24.pngNobody questions the importance of game 6 — or any postseason game for that matter — nobody but Girardi. When your up 3-2 in the LCS, you better go all out to win. Game 7 will bring out every bad possibility, and will turn it into the ultimate failure. Game 7 is what to avoid. 

Girardi has Pettitte going for game 6. With the rainout on Saturday, the Yankees have a chance to start Sabathia on regular rest. Regardless, Girardi has Pettitte going for game 6. 
This brings us back to the original statement. The importance of game 6. Starting Pettitte in game 6 may be the safe route — you will have CC to fall back on should you lose — but by doing that, you are treating both games as if they have the same importance.
As I said before, you better want to stay away from game 7. You don’t want to be in a spot where one mistake ends your season. So, we come to the question, which pitcher gives you the best chance to win game 6, and avoid game 7.
The answer to that is CC. In the regular season, Pettitte had an ERA of almost 8 against the Angels. And CC, has not only proven himself to be the one in the postseason, but has beaten LA twice already. 
Then rises the question, What if CC doesn’t win? Then we are screwed for game 7? Well, if your not going to win game 6 with CC, your not going to win game 7 with CC. After all, would you rather have your best pitcher against Saunders in game 6 or Lackey — their best — in game 7.
It’s not hard to agree with Girardi here.
“We’re going to stick with Andy.” Girardi said.
It’s almost as simple as that. Again, after all, Pettitte is a darn good pitcher. There’s no reason you can’t win behind Pettitte. He is the most experienced, most accomplished and the best case for a so called “big game pitcher.” In reality, CC and Andy are both pretty damn good options. And having a chance to pitch them back to back in game 6 and 7 isn’t to bad of  a spot.
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