Here are this weeks top three…
teams on the rise:
- Seattle Mariners
- Baltimore Orioles
- Philadelphia Phillies
teams on the decline:
- Anaheim Angels
- Toronto Blue Jays
- Boston Red Sox
free agent signings:
- John Lackey to the Red Sox
- Chone Figgins to the Mariners
- Hideki Matsui to the Angels (edit: thanks to Evan Coleman for the correction.)
- Curtis Granderson to the Yankees
- Cliff Lee to the Mariners
- Milton Bradley to the Mariners
available free agents:
- Matt Holliday
- Jason Bay
- 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.
He hasn’t been talked about much, but he’s out there. Remember a couple months ago when the Yankees were possibly going to trade for Bedard? Well, he’s now a free agent. The Yankees have starting pitching at the top of their wish list this offseason, or at least they should, and Bedard is an option.
- He had a 2.82 ERA this season in 15 starts.
- He is an overwhelming strikeout pitcher with a career 8.8 SO/9 ratio. He led the league with a 10.9 SO/9 ratio in 2007.
- He is a type B free agent, so the Yankees wouldn’t need to give up yet another first round draft pick like they would if they signed a type A such as Lackey. Eventually, the Yankees are going to need to go for the prospects. Now may be the time.
- He is a bit injury prone, making only 30 starts in the past two seasons.
- He walks a lot of people: 3.6 batters per nine innings.
- He gives up more than eight hits per nine innings. He led the league in that category in 2007.
- He has only pitched for Baltimore and Seattle and may not be able to handle a big, competitive city like New York.
Chat or Chuck?:
Chat. Why not? Bedard is the best choice besides Lackey. If the Yankees get Lackey, it will come at a much higher price and they will need to give up another first round pick, which is starting to get on my nerves. In the end, Bedard is a very good pitcher. Hey, they almost traded for him on their run to a championship.
(2-2) 3.53 ERA 43.1 IP 2.17 SO/BB
Bio | Stats
Last Game: 9/13 @ TEX: L, 4.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, BB, SO, 2 HR
Home (Season): (2-1) 2.96 ERA 1.024 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Season): (1-0) 3.86 ERA 1.143 WHIP
Run Support: 3.43 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitter (Yankees):
Most PA: Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter (4)
Best BA: Robinson Cano (1.000, 1 for 1)
Most H: Derek Jeter (3)
Most HR: Nick Swisher (1)
Keys to the Game:
- Stack the Righties: This season, righties are hitting .314 against Fister, as opposed to .206 for lefties.
- Swing Early: On the first pitch this season, opposing batters are hitting .333 off Fister.
- Take Advantage Early: The first time batters face Fister in a game, they are batting .311, the second time they are batting .233, and the third time .182, so it’s important to hit Fister early.
Poll of the Day:
Yanks (94-53) open up 3 game set with Mariners (76-71) tonight at 10.
- Swing Early: On the first pitch, opposing hitters are batting .321 on the first pitch.
- Don’t Fall Behind: With two strikes, opposing hitters are batting just .147 this season off Hernandez.
- Prey: This guys amazing.
- Seattle (W,W,W,L)
- Oakland (L,W,W)
- Boston (W,L,W)
Yankees bullpen falters as Mariners come out firing to salvage final game.
Yanks try to keep rolling as they hit the road, take on Seattle.