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The Top Three’s

Here are this weeks top three…

teams on the rise:

  1. Seattle Mariners
  2. Baltimore Orioles
  3. Philadelphia Phillies

teams on the decline:

  1. Anaheim Angels
  2. Toronto Blue Jays
  3. Boston Red Sox

free agent signings:

  1. John Lackey to the Red Sox
  2. Chone Figgins to the Mariners
  3. Hideki Matsui to the Angels (edit: thanks to Evan Coleman for the correction.)

trades:

  1. Curtis Granderson to the Yankees
  2. Cliff Lee to the Mariners
  3. Milton Bradley to the Mariners

available free agents:

  1. Matt Holliday
  2. Jason Bay
  3. Ben Sheets

If you have any questions or comments on any of the picks I made, leave a comment on this entry and I’ll reply to you.

Chat or Chuck: Chein-Ming Wang

It’s about time we stop avoiding that fact that there needs to be a decision made on this guy. He was awful this season, and now the Yankees have to make a choice: Bring Wang back, or let him go. For most people, it’s a black and white choice. Let’s look at the options.

Latest News:
Wang has gotten interest from other teams, the strongest coming from the Dodgers. Wang said “I will try my best to secure a return to Major League Baseball, and my
first choice would be the Yankees though it would be okay for me to
pitch for any other MLB team.”

Player Profile:

Chein-Ming Wang.gifChein-Ming Wang
Age/Type FA: 29/Arbitration eligible
Career (5 seasons): (55-26) 4.16 ERA 310 SO
Best Season (2006): (19-6) 3.63 ERA 218.0 IP 76 SO

Why Chat?:

  • He led the league in wins in 2006.
  • He gave up the least homers in the league in ’06 and ’07.
  • He won 38 games in the course of two seasons.
  • He is young.
  • He was the Yankees ace for a long time and was one of the best in the game.
  • After an atrocious season, he will come at a dirt cheap price.

Why Chuck?:

  • He had a 9.64 ERA last season in 11 games (9 starts).
  • Ever since he broke his foot running home from third in Houston, he has fallen apart.
  • He is coming off elbow surgery.

Chat or Chuck?:
Chuck.
I understand how good he was for a long time, but he has seriously fallen completely apart. He was given every chance he needed last year, and there wasn’t even a sparkle of hope. Face it, Wang is no longer a good pitcher. I know he can come at a cheap price and will be a tiny investment, and I know that he can end up being a great pitcher with a great career, but this is the New York Yankees. This is where winning isn’t a goal, winning is a way of life. This is where anything short of excellence is unacceptable, and Wang falls short of that mark.

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More Chats or Chucks:
Matt Holliday

Roy Halladay
Johnny Damon
Hideki Matsui
Erik Bedard
John Lackey

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Poll of the Day:
Should the Yankees offer Wang a contract?(polling)

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ALDS: A Look at The Playoffs


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Yankees Logo Big.gifVSTigers Logo.giforTwins Logo.gif
The Rangers lost yesterday and the Red Sox clinched the American League Wild Card which means that the only possible teams that can play the Yankees in the first round are the Tigers or the Twins. It looks as though the Yankees will be playing the Tigers in the first round. With a Tigers win last night, in a great game by the way, the standings are as follows.

Detroit Tigers –
Minnesota Twins 2.0

The Twins have two remaining games in this series, and that will be it for the year against the Tigers. Either way, I don’t think that the Twins can overcome the Tigers. But, what we can 
realistically hope for, is a race until the end. If the Twins continue to stay on the Tigers tails, Verlander will be forced to pitch on the final day of the season and most likely won’t be able to pitch the first game of the playoffs. That would be a huge lift for the Yankees and would exponentially increase their chances of winning the first game, which also exponentially increases their chances to win the series. If he makes the start on the last day of the season,  and the Tigers still decide to pitch him in the first game of the ALDS, Verlander would be going on 2 or 3 games rest, which he has never done in his career before. 
Also, if Verlander makes that start on the last day of the season, it would also affect the Yankees decision for which format they would want. If they picked the format with the 2 off days, the playoffs would start one day earlier, and the Verlander would be starting on just 2 days rest as opposed to three. That adds an advantage to that format. So here are the updated advantages to each format.
3 Days Rest Format:
1. You only need two starters and can skip Joba Chamberlain.
2. The bullpen will be well rested for each game
3. A-Rod can get the extra rest that his hip needs
2 Days Rest Format:
1. You don’t have to (potentially) face Verlander and Jackson twice
2. You expose their weak fourth starter
3. If Verlander pitches the final day of the season, he would only be able to start the first game on 2 days rest and would likely start the second game.
They both have their perks, but I would still pick the first format. 
Heres a look at all of the series:
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Tigers Logo.gifTwins Logo.gifvsYankees Logo Big.gif 
Red Sox Logo.pngvsAngles Logo.png
NLDS.gif
Rockies Logo.gif Braves Logo.gif vsCardinals Logo.gif
Phillies Logo.gifvsDodgers Logo.gif
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Who should start game 2 for the Yankees?(polls)

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