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Chat or Chuck: Roy Halladay

Here we go again. According to SI.com, the Yankees are talking with the Blue Jays about a possible deal for RHP Roy Halladay. Halladay is by far one of the best — if not the best — pitcher in the Major Leagues. Last year he was a huge topic for discussion, and it’s no surprise his name is up again.

Why Chat?:

  • He had the lowest BB/9 ratio this season at just 1.3.
  • He had the highest SO/BB ratio at 5.94.
  • He is consistent, pitching over 200 innings in 6 of his last 8 seasons, leading the league in that category in ’02, ’03 and ’08.
  • He strikes out almost 8 batters per nine innings.
  • He has led the league in CG in 5 of his last 7 seasons.
  • He is probably the best there is.

Why Chuck?:

  • The Yankees would have to give up a lot of valuable prospects.
  • It’s just enough already.

Chat or Chuck?:
Sorry… Chuck.
Is Halladay one of the best pitchers in the league? Definitely. But, there is going to come a point where the Yankees are just going to need to sit back and play their hand. Realistically, they could get the best player at each postion (they almost have that) and pay them all very well, but, wheres the fun in that? To me, I rather watch the Yankees bring up some star prospects and watch them grow, rather than the Yankees stacking their team with veterans and watching their starts succeed somewhere else.

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Other Chat or Chucks:
Johnny Damon
Hideki Matsui
Erik Bedard
John Lackey

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Back-to-Back 10 Run Games Makes It 7 In A Row

Gaudin’s night is short, yanks bats back him up.

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Mitre couldn’t go tonight because of a sore forearm after getting hit with a line drive in his last start. That start, not to mention, was his best as a Yankee, and probably the best of his career. So, to take his place, Gaudin made the start. He was good to begin with, but seemed to get a little tired and lost the strike zone. He ended the night going 3.2 innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks. Those walks really haunted him. Romero on the other side, gave up four runs in the first inning. Two were on errors. He got very strong for a few innings, then fell apart again. He ended going 4.1 innings giving up seven runs on six hits and seven strikeouts. Only five of those runs were earned. Aceves, Robertson, Bruney and Marte did another great job. They pitched a combined 5.1 innings and gave up just two hits and two runs. Both the hits and the runs were given up by Aceves. The Yankees got to Frasor in the ninth. At that moment, it was a close game. A-Rod hit a line drive right over the left field wall and Posada hit a two run moon shot to right. That blew the game open and made it 10-5.
Player of the Game: Jorge Posada: 4 for 5, R, 4 RBI
The Wrap-Up: Now seven in a row for the Yankees. They have scored 20 runs in the past two days. Wow. Save some for the playoffs boys! Boston won — who cares — so the Yankees still have a 7.5 game lead in the East. Just a little observation. I don’t know if you heard it, but there was someone at the stadium screaming “Vernon Wells, worse contract in baseball!” Then he was yelling out his stats. Pretty funny.
Coming Up Next: Chamberlain (8-4, 4.28) against Halladay (13-8, 3.13). Halladay just hasn’t been the same pitcher since he wasn’t traded. There will probably be some stupid innings limit tomorrow as well. We are in for an interesting game.

8/13 Yankees vs. Mariners Preview

Yanks try to keep rolling as they hit the road, take on Seattle.


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Yankees @ Mariners
10:10 pm ET
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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C.C. Sabathia
#52 LHP
(12-7) 3.76 ERA 162.2 IP 123 SO 1.168 WHIP
CC was absolutely lights out in his last start. And boy was it a big one, against the Boston Red Sox. He went 7.2 innings, gave up just two hits and no runs, while walking two and striking out nine, a season high. He retired the first 13 batters he faced. In his last two starts, CC has struck out 14 batters in 14.2 innings and has a WHIP of 0.954. Since 2005, CC is 17-2 in the month of August, thats the most wins for any pitcher in that span. In seven career starts at Safeco Field, Sabathia is 4-1 with a 2.83 ERA and a WHIP of 1.091. 
Tidbits:
Ichiro is a career .415 hitter against Sabathia. The Mariners as a team are .297 hitters against CC. The Yankees are just 13-11 in games that Sabathia starts, but in his last nine starts, their 6-3. The Yankees average over 5 runs per game when CC is on the mound. 
*****

Mariners Probable Pitcher:

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Ian Snell
#48 RHP
(2-8) 5.42 ERA 88.0 IP 57 SO 1.648 WHIP
This will be Snells third start as a Mariner, his last one didn’t go so well. He went just 1.1 innings, giving up three runs on two hits and six walks against the Rays. This is Snells first career start against the Yankees. In his last three starts, Ian has an ERA of 8.10 and a WHIP of 2.100. 
Tidbits:
The Pirates and Mariners are 4-13 in games that Snell starts. Jerry Hairston and Nick Swisher are the only players on the Yankees with a hit. Mark Teixeira is the only other Yankee to have faced S
nell, he is 0 for 5. 
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Keys to the Game: 
  1. Strike One: In 2009, when Snell throws strike one, opposing hitters are batting .227, when he doesn’t, they are hitting .361.
  2. Patience: This year, Snell averages 5.4 walks per nine innings.
  3. Get to the ‘pen: In the month of August, Pirates relievers have a combined 7.02 ERA.

Cano Caps Another Walk-Off, Big Home Stand

Walk off single in the 11th makes it nine out of ten for Bombers.


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It was just five days ago that the Yankees took 15 innings to beat the Red Sox. Today, it took the Yankees 11 innings to beat the Blue Jays 4-3 to cap off a 6-1 home stand. 
The day began, though, with a little bit of a scare. In the first inning Derek Jeter was hit with a pitch on the right foot, and left the game a little later. Luckily, X-Rays taken at the Stadium were negative. 
In the first, Jeter moved to third on a Damon double, then scored on an RBI ground-out by Posada. Ruiz homered in his second straight game to tie the game at one. 
The scoring was on hold until the third inning, when Damon drilled a solo shot to right field to give the Yanks a 2-1 lead. In the next inning, Cano went deep to make the Yankee lead 3-1.
Then in the sixth, an RBI single by Chavez and a wild pitch, tied the game at 3. 
Burnett went six innings and gave up three runs on ten hits while walking two and striking out seven. Romero also went six innings and gave up three runs. He struck out five and walked three. 
Coke, Robertson, Hughes and Gaudin — in his Yankee debut — all combined for five scorless innings, giving up just four hits a
nd striking out six batters.
For the Jays, League pitched three great scorless innings, giving up just one hit.
The great efforts by both bullpens were all put to rest in the 11th inning. A-Rod was hit by a pitch and was shaken up for a minute before taking first. Then a single by Posada moved A-Rod to second. Robbie Cano was next and delivered a walk-off single that hit off the top of the right center field wall to seal the win, the series and the home stand. 

Player of the Game: Robinson Cano: 2 for 5, HR, 2 RBI, R

The Wrap-Up:
The Yankees are now nine for their last ten, and have capped off a great 6-1 home stand. The Yankees have pretty much proved two things: in this ballpark, they can win close games, and if it gets to extras, its over. The Yanks are now 28 games over .500, a new season high. The Red Sox play tonight, so the Yankees are currently six games ahead of Boston.

Coming Up Next:
The Yankees fly out west tonight to open up a set against the Mariners. Tomorrow night at 10:10 ET, it will be Sabthia (12-7, 3.76) vs. Snell (2-8,5.42). The Red Sox have to deal with Verlander tomorrow afternoon. They send Clay Buchholz to the mound.