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The Buzz: 1/4/10

Here are some of the latest news stories from various sources:

  • ESPN.com reports that the Cardinals are getting closer to a deal with Matt Holliday. The deal could be a seven-year deal.
  • Wang’s agent told 1050 ESPN
    that he has heard from 15 teams who are interested in Wang. The Yankees
    were one of them, while the Mets were not. No other teams were
  • The Red Sox have made an offer for third baseman, Adrian Beltre, according to ESPN.com. Other teams are also interest including the Angels, Athletics and Orioles.
  • Buster Olney tweets that the Athletics have pulled their offer off the table for Adrian Beltre.
  • According to SNY, Jason Bay has passed his physical and is officially a New York Met, to be announced tomorrow.
  • An AP source tells NBCSports.com that Bay’s deal with the Mets will have a $17M option for 2014.
  • Mike Axisa of River Avenue Blues says that the Yankees should go after the A’s, Travis Buck, to play the outfield.
  • The NY Post reports that David Cone will not be returning to the YES Network. Tino Martinez is a possible replacement.
  • 7:40 p.m. SI.com has learned that the Red Sox are now close to a deal with Adrian Beltre. The deal is believed to be at least two-years with an opt-out option after this season.
  • 9:19 p.m. Peter Gammons says via Twitter that the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal worth $9M, with a player option for $5M. 9:31 p.m. FOXSports.com confirms.
  • 9:25 p.m. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com tweets about a possible trade that would send Luis Castillo to the Red Sox, and Mike Lowell to the Mets. The deal would work out for the Red Sox with Beltre coming, and with Castillo gone, the Mets could go after Orlando Hudson.
  • 9:29 p.m. Chad Jennings of The Journal News reports that the Indians have signed Shelly Duncan.

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.)


  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: Erik Bedard

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.

Why Chat?:

  • 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.

Why Chuck?:

  • 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?:
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.


Poll of the Day:
Should the Yankees sign Bedard?(trends)

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9/13 Orioles vs. Yankees Lineups

Baltimore Orioles: (58-83)

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Roberts 2B
Izturis SS
Markakis RF
Reimold LF
Mora 3B
Wieters DH
Wigginton 1B
Moeller C
Fiorentino CF
Pitching: Jeremy Guthrie RHP
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Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF
Pitching: C.C. Sabathia LHP
  • Damon is back in the line up after suffering back spasms for a few days.
  • This batting order is the most common for the Yankees this year. They have used it 11 times.
  • The last time the Yankees were able to put this batting order out on the field was on 9/3. The Yankees won that game 10-5 against the Blue Jays.



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9/13 Orioles vs. Yankees Preview

O’s (58-83) go for sweep, Yanks (91-52) try to get back on winning track.

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Orioles Probable Pitcher:

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Jeremy Guthrie
#46 RHP
(10-13) 4.96 ERA 167.0 IP 95 SO 1.365 WHIP
Last Game: 9/6 vs. TEX: W, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, BB, 6 SO
Away (Season): (5-6) 5.21 ERA
Vs. Yankees (Season): 4 GS (1-3) 4.68 ERA
Team Record in Starts: 11-17
Run Support: 4.55 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Derek Jeter (33)
Best BA: Nick Swisher (.500, 8 for 16)
Most H: Melky Cabrera (9)
Most HR: Erik Hinske, Nick Swisher (2)
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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C.C. Sabathia
#52 LHP
(16-7) 3.40 ERA 206.1 IP 177 SO 1.129 WHIP
Last Game: 9/7 vs. TB: ND, 7.0 IP, 3 H, R, 4 BB, 10 SO, HR
Home (Season): (5-2) 3.36 ERA
Vs. Orioles (Season): 4 GS (3-1) 2.63 ERA
Team Record in Starts: 19-11
Run Support: 5.71 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Orioles):
Most PA: Melvin Mora (34)
Best BA: Felix Pie (.667, 2 for 3)
Most H: Brian Roberts (7)
Most HR: Melvin Mora, Ty Wigginton (1)
Notable Stat: Last 8 Starts: (6-0) 2.31 ERA 58.1 IP 68 SO
Keys to the Game:
  1. Hit Early: In the first inning, Guthries opponents are hitting .316 off him.
  2. Think RF Lefties: When Lefties pull the ball off Guthrie, they are hitting .507, when they go to the opposite field, they are hitting just .186.
  3. Be Patient and Get to the ‘Pen: Guthries ERA in his last 2 starts is 1.38, Baltimores bullpen has a 6.75 ERA this month. 
Poll of the Day:
Who will start Game 2 for the Yankees in the Playoffs?
A.J. BurnettAndy PettitteJoba Chamberlain



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9/11 Orioles vs. Yankees Preview

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Game Info:
Time: 7:05 pm ET
Park: Yankee Stadium
Game: 1 of 3
Broadcast: YES, WCBS 880
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Orioles Probable Pitcher:

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Chris Tillman
#54 RHP
(1-3) 4,66 ERA 46.1 IP 24 SO 1.468 WHIP
Last Start: 9/4 vs. TEX: L, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 4 SO
Away (Season): (0-2) 4.50 ERA 
Vs. Yankees (Season): Never Faced
Team Record in Starts: 2-6
Run Support: 4.56 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: None
Best BA: None
Most H: None
Most HR:  None
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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Andy Pettitte
#46 LHP
(13-6) 4.10 ERA 173.1 IP 135 SO 1.350 WHIP
Last Game: 9/5 @ TOR: W, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 3 SO, HR
Home (Season): (5-4) 4.65 ERA 
Vs. Orioles (Season): (1-0) 1.17
Team Record in Starts: 20-8
Run Support: 5.84 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Orioles): 
Most PA: Brian Roberts (61)
Best BA: Chad Moeller (1.000, 2 for 2)
Most H: Brian Roberts (14)
Most HR: Nick Markakis, Melvin Mora (2)
Keys to the Game:
  1. Stack the Righties: Righties are hitting .355 off Tillman this year. 
  2. Swing Early (Again): Opposing hitters are batting .429 on the first pitch Tillman throws.
  3. Don’t Give Up: Batters are hitting ..367 off Tillman with 2 outs.
  4. Be Patient: After Tillman throws his 51st pitch of the game, batters are hitting .337 off him. So, for the Yankees, take as many pitches as you can to get Tillman to that 51 mark as soon as possible.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away! Come Again in November.

Yanks (91-50) and O’s (56-83) trying to get in opener on rainy Friday.

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Weather Update:
It’s raining here in New York. Here we go again. There is a 60-90% chance of rain pretty much all through the night, so it’s going to take some luck if the Yankees are going to get this game in. Click Here for weather.
The Probables:
Tillman (1-3, 4.66) vs Pettitte (13-6, 4.10)
Jeter’s Chase:
If the game were to be played tonight, Jeter will be just one hit away from breaking the Yankees franchise hits record. He is currently tied with Gehrig with 2,721 career hits.
Today in History:
1889: Every game in MLB is postponed due to rain. MLB would finish with a total of 135 rain-outs in that season. More
Players Born on This Day:
Jacoby Ellsbury (1983)
What’s the best moment of Jeters career?
Mr. November2000 WS MVPThe Flip PlayDive Into The Stands.

If I see the weather clear up, I will construct a formal preview for the game. Keep checking back! Thanks for reading!


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Yanks Bats Back Dominant CC

Big top half of the ninth blows game open.

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Another win. Another sweep. Thats six in a row for the Yanks. Their second sweep in a row. I’m going to need a new broom. CC was the starter for the Yanks tonight. He was a bit shaky in the first two innings, but turned it on. He finished the night going seven innings, giving up one run on seven hits and striking out nine. 
Both teams scored early. Markakis had a sac-fly in the first and Hinske had another solo homer for the Yanks in the third. Both teams were shut down until the seventh, when A-Rod came through with a big two-run single to make it 3-1 Yanks. Bruney came in and was horrible again. He gave up a line-out and a homer to make it 3-2. Coke and Hughes finished the inning.
Then it was the ninth. Jeter led off the inning with a walk. A-Rod had another two-run single to make it 5-2 Yanks. The Bombers went on to score five more runs in the inning, to make it a massive 10-2 lead. 
Hughes came back out for the ninth and struck out the side. 
Player of the Game: C.C. Sabathia: W, 7.0 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 9 SO, 0 HR
The Wrap-Up:
Sabathia got his MLB leading 16th win of the season tonight. The Yanks are 37 games over .500, yet another high water mark. The Red Sox finally lost, so the Yankees are now 7.5 ahead in the East. It’s starting to smell a little comfortable in here. The Bombers have won six in a row.
Coming Up Next:
The Yanks fly north of the border to Toronto tonight. In the first of four, it’ll be Gaudin against Romero.

Poll of the Day:
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Pettitte Flirts With Perfection, Yanks Take Opener

Hairston boots Pettittes perfect game, Yanks still get it done.

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Wow. It seems like I start every entry with those words. This team seems to always amaze. Pettitte flirted with history tonight. He pitched 6.2 innings before Hairston booted the ball and then Markakis, on the next at-bat, hit a clean single to cap off the hopes on the no-hitter. You can blame Hairston, but he’s been so great for the Yanks, you really can’t get down on him. Plus the fact that he made a bad pitch to Markakis. He pitched great and thats the bottom line. He gave up just two hits, one of them a home run by Mora in the eighth, but that was all.
Swisher and Cano both had two RBI’s on the night and Damon had an RBI as well. Swisher was just a triple away from the cycle, but I don’t think anyone expected a triple from him. 
In the ninth inning, Bruney came in with a four run lead. Good job by the Yankees having Rivera warming. You had to think that Bruney would blow it. He got one out, but also gave up a hit and a walk. All of the sudden, it was a save situation. Rivera came in and got Markakis on a pop up and then struck out Reimond to end the game. 
Player of the Game: Andy Pettitte: W, 8.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, HR
The Wrap-Up:
Pshhhhhhhhhhhhhh. It’s starting to get a bit boring with all of these wins. Pettitte was great again, and boy it would be a big lift if he can keep this up. The Yanks hit another high water mark, 35 games over .500. Boston was off so the Yanks have a 6.5 game lead in the east. 
Coming Up Next:
September begins! It’s gettin’ close. Tomorrow A.J. Burnett (10-8, 4.10) goes against Baltimores Hernandez (4-6, 4.24). Boston is in Tampa.

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Road Trip Review

AL East

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3 Stops:
  1. Seattle (W,W,W,L)
  2. Oakland (L,W,W)
  3. Boston (W,L,W)
Team Record: 7-3 (10 Games)
Offense: .299 BA, . 845 OPS, 24 2B, 1 3B, 16 HR
Pitching: 4.86 ERA, 87.0 IP, 84 SO
Road Trip MVP: Derek Jeter: .488 (21 for 43), 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI
Pitching MVP: C.C. Sabathia: 3 GS (3-0) 2.38 ERA, 22.2 IP, 16 H, 25 SO, 195 BAA
Best Moment: Mark Teixeira: 8/14 @ SEA, GW HR in 9th