Tagged: Jose Molina

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.

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Yanks decline arbitration on trio

Matsui 12:2.jpgThe Yankees have declined to offer arbitration to free agents Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui and Andy Pettitte. The Yankees also didn’t offer arbitration to Jerry Hairston Jr., Eric Hinske, Jose Molina and Xavier Nady.

If the Yankees had excepted arbitration on any of the players, they would have been considered signed with an amount to be determined in the arbitration process. The Yankees can still negotiate with any of these players.

Was this a good choice of a bad choice? Lets take a look.

Positives:

  • All of these players would have gotten raises in the arbitration process.
  • The Yankees don’t need Matsui anyway.

Negatives:

  • The Yankees don’t get draft picks if any of these players sign anywhere else.

Was this a good or bad choice? It was a great choice. Why was it a good choice? Lets analyze that for each player.

Damon: The Yankees are likely to resign him. He had such a good year that he would have gotten a raise that his age doesn’t merit. He wants to play for the Yankees, so the Yankees can get him cheaper.

Pettitte: As I said, the only negative is that if they sign anywhere else, the Yankees won’t get compensation. As for Pettitte, that doesn’t matter, because in the twilight of his career, I don’t see him turning his back on the Yankees, especially after winning a championship.

Matsui: This one is interesting. Of the three, he has the best chance of signing with another team. But for two reasons, it wouldn’t make sense to offer him arbitration. (a) the Yankees still don’t need him and (b) he would have made a killing in arbitration. The Yankees can get him cheap if they want him because he really wants to play for the Yankees. So, theres no sense in bringing him to arbitration where he could make probably triple what he deserves.

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The New York Meter Results

Here are the results to the first New York Meter of the off season. Thanks to all who voted!

Should the Yankees resign Matsui?
Yes 0% (0 votes)
No 100% (3 votes)
My Vote: No

Yes, he was the World Series MVP, and nobody doubts that Matsui is a great, great hitter. But his knees have handcuffed his ability, and this day in age, a player that can’t play the field is a bit of a liability on a 25 man roster no matter how good of a hitter he is. You need every bit of talent you can get to win this game these days, and a player that can’t play the field just isn’t good enough.

Should the Yankees resign Damon?
Yes 75% (3 votes)
No 25% (1 vote)
My Vote: Yes

The 37 year old has shown zero signs of slowing down. The new Yankee Stadium has played right into his strengths, and may be a great reason to bring him back. His 24 home runs this year tied a career high. Unlike Matsui, Damon can still play the outfield — quite well he proved this year — and if needed, can still fall back on the DH.

Should the Yankees resign Pettitte?
Yes 100% (4 votes)
No 0% (0 votes)
My Vote: Yes

It was the same debate last year, and was a very questionable signing in the end. This year, it seems pretty obvious that the Yankees should bring him back. He won every clinching game for the Yankees in the postseason, and was a HUGE part of this championship. Pettitte should come at a cheap price with huge rewards for a 3rd or 4th starter.

What should the Yankees do about their backup catcher?
Resign Molina 20% (1 vote)
Go with Cervelli 80% (4 votes)
My Vote: Go with Cervelli

This may end up being a long, tough decision for the Yankees. With Molina, the Yankees get a great defensive catcher, but a terrible hitter. With Cervelli, the Yankees get a younger, more athletic player who is a much better hitter. Tough choice for the Yankees, but getting younger always seems to be the better choice, no matter what.

What position do the Yankees most need to fill in the offseason?
Left field 0% (0 votes)
Right field 0% (0 votes)
Starting pitcher 100% (4 votes)
Relief Pitcher 0% (0 votes)
Center field 0% (0 votes)
Catcher 0% (0 votes)
Other 0% (0 votes)
My Vote: Starting pitcher

Starting pitcher wins by a landslide. The biggest question marks remain in left field and right field, but if the Yankees will compete, they are going to need another starter. I have talked about Lackey, and I hope it will happen. But, either way, the point is that the Yankees will need something to go with CC, A.J., and maybe Pettitte. At most, the Yankees have 3 starters at the moment (assuming Joba doesn’t start PLEASE!).  They need someone else.

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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
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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.

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8/19 Yankees vs. Athletics Preview

Both teams look to salvage final game in the rubber game of this three game set.


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Yankees @ Athletics
10:05 pm ET
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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Chad Gaudin
#41 RHP
(5-10) 5.13 ERA 108.2 IP 109 SO 1.537 WHIP
Chad makes his first start as a Yankee tonight. He will pitch against his former team who he was with in ’06 and ’07. Gaudin was a starter all year for the Padres, and in 19 starts, he was 4-10 with a 5.23 ERA. In four appearances against the A’s, Chad is 0-1 with a massive 27.00 ERA (he only pitched 2.1 innings). Gaudin has made two relief appearances for the Yankees, and has given up two runs in 3.1 innings pitched. 
Team Record:
Appearances: 8-14
Starts: 7-12
Run Support:
Games Started: 3.63 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (A’s):
Best BA: Bobby Crosby (1.000, 2 for 2)
Most PA: Nomar Garciaparra (6)
Most H: Bobby Crosby (2)
Most HR: None Hit
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Athletics Probable Pitcher:

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Brett Anderson
#49 LHP
(7-8) 4.55 ERA 126.2 IP 103 SO 1.326 WHIP
Anderson’s last start was a rare struggle for him. He gave up seven runs and nine hits in five innings pitched against the White Sox on August 14th. Brett has had two starts against the Yankees this year, and in both of them combines, he’s given up nine runs and eighteen hits in  twelve innings pitched. He has a 2.22 ERA in his last eight starts. This season at home, the rookie is 2-4 with a 4.55 ERA.
Team Record:
Starts: 10-12
Run Support:
Games Started: 4.44 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Best BA: Melky Cabrera (.800, 4 for 5)
Most PA: Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira (7)
Most H: Melky Cabrera (4)
Most HR: Melky Cabrera, Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui (1)

8/17 Yankees vs. Athletics Preview

Yanks look to bounce back from blowout loss in Seattle, in first of three in Oakland.

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Yankees vs. Athletics
10:05 pm ET

Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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A.J. Burnett
#34 RHP
(10-5) 3.71 ERA 145.2 IP 130 SO 1.394 WHIP
Following porbably his best start of his career, Burnett was shaky against the Blue Jays in his last start. He surrendered three runs in six innings giving up 10 hits and throwing two more wild pitches. In his career at the Coliseum, Burnett has a 2.13 ERA. Against Oakland over the course of his career, A.J. is 2-2 with a 4.14 ERA and a WHIP of a little over one and a half. Since Burnett’s horrible start in Boston, he has an ERA of 2.50 in 11 starts. 
Tidbits:
No Athletics hitter has more than three hits against Burnett in their careers. Mark Ellis has the most PA against Burnett with 18. The Yankees are 16-7 when Burnett starts the game. The Yankees score an average of 5.83 runs scored when Burnett is on the mound.
Key to the Game:
The Athletics bullpen has an ERA of 3.76, which is considerably better than any of their starters. Its up to the Yanks to get to the starters, and get a lead before getting into that strong bullpen. 
Athletics Probable Pitcher:

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Brett Tomko
#23 RHP
(1-2) 5.23 ERA 20.2 IP 11 SO 1.258 WHIP
Brett was designated by assignment by the Yankees on July 22, and will be making his first appearance tonight as an Athletic. Brett made his last appearance as a Yankee on July 11th, when he gave up one run in 1.1 innings against the Angels. In five career games against the Yankees, Tomko is 0-2 with an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP over two. In 260 career starts, Brett has an ERA of 4.66.
Tidbits:
A-Rod is 4 for 8 with two home runs in his career against Tomko. Johnny Damon has the most PA against Tomko in his career with 18.