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The No. 5 spot: A never ending problem

Chamberlain 1:7.jpgAs it stands right now, the Yankees will go into opening day with the following rotation: CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte and Javier Vazquez. Not bad for the first four. But the number five spot remains open.

The Yankees have choices. They can go with Joba, they can go with Hughes, or they could slip in Serigo Mitre, who just yesterday signed a one-year $850,000 deal, according to the Associated Press.

If you have read anything I have written, you will notice a hatred of mine for the idea of putting Joba in the rotation. Hughes is a better starter and Joba is a far better reliever. So it seems pretty simple doesn’t it? Just put Hughes in the rotation and Joba in the bullpen. It would work as both a long term and shor term solution. But, the ridiculous Yankee coaching staff philosophy has me backed in a corner.

First off, let’s just remove Mitre, who most certainly does not deserve a spot over Hughes or Joba.


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But back to the issue. Just as the Yankees had a “Joba Rule” thing in effect, you can bet your dollar they would have some “Hughes Rules” as well. Which makes me very skeptical. There is no doubt that you can attribute Chamberlains atrocious starting pitching to the fact that he was constantly on a pitch count. It made him always think about the pitch count, which took his focus away from being aggressive.

In 2010, the wheels would be off for Joba, so maybe he would be a better starter. I’m afraid that the same thing that happened to Joba will happen to Hughes, should they put him in the rotation.

But either way, you go with the better option. Like I said, Hughes is a better starter, and Chamberlain is a better reliever. Long term, Hughes can be the next Pettitte, and Chamberlain can be the next Rivera (maybe a bit worse.) You might as well set up for that now, rather than screwing stuff up. ⧫

2009 Yankees Season Awards Ceremony

Here they are, as voted on by you, the fans, your 2009 YANKEES SEASON AWARDS!!!

CLUB MVP:
Derek Jeter

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One of Jeters best years of his career came this year. Highlighted, of course, by his record breaking hit, passing him by Lou Gehrig on the all-time Yankees hits list. Derek is a sure candidate for the AL MVP with 212 hits (2nd in the AL), a .334 batting average (3rd in the AL) and a stellar year at short stop. Congratulations Derek Jeter on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Mark Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Johnny Damon

BEST STARTING PITCHER:
C.C. Sabathia

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After signing a record breaking contract with the Yankees in the 2008 off season, Sabathia has stepped up big for this franchise. Sabathia’s 19 wins rank 1st in the Majors, his 3.37 ERA ranks 4th in the Majors and his 1.15 WHIP ranks 4th in the AL. Sabathia is an overwhelming candidate for the 2009 AL Cy Young award. Congratulations C.C. Sabathia on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain

BEST MOMENT:
A-Rod and Yanks Walk Off In 15 Inning Affair Against BOS

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Possibly one of the best games of 2009 in all of the Major Leagues. A 0-0 game going into the 15th inning against the Red Sox ended with a 2-run, walk off home run by Alex Rodriguez. Of the 15 walk off of the season, this one, I think we can all agree, was the sweetest. The Yankees went on to sweep the Red Sox in that four game set. Congratulations Alex Rodriguez on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Luis Castillo drops pop-up, A-Rod returns off DL with home run, Melky walk off against MIN
BEST PITCHING PERFORMANCE:
A.J.’s One Hit Shut Out (6/27 vs NYM)

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As a part of a sweep in the Yankees first trip to Citi Field, A.J. contributed by throwing a 7.0 inning, one hit shut out, while striking out 10 Mets. Congratulations A.J. Burnett on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Andy throws 6.2 perfect innings (8/31 vs BAL), A.J. shuts out BOS for 7.2 (8/7 vs BOS), C.C. CG SHO (5/8 vs BAL), C.C. shuts out BOS for 7.2 (8/8 vs BOS)
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Robinson Cano

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Cano’s turn around has been a huge part of this Yankee surge. Going from a .271 batting average, 162 hits and 14 home runs
last year to a .320 batting average, 204 hits and 25 home runs this year. His hits rank 3rd in the AL league. Congratulations Robinson Cano on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera, Andy Pettitte
BEST DEFENDER:
Mark Teixeira

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One of the big three in the offseason signings contributed hugely at the plate, but also hugely at first base. His .997 fielding percentage ranks 2nd in the AL. He has made just 4 errors all season. Great plays day in and day out have massively helped this team win 103 games. Congratulations Mark Teixeira on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera
BEST TEAM ADDITION:
Eric Hinske

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Making his Yankee debut on July 6th, Hinske has hit .226 for the Yankees with 7 home runs in 39 games. In his first 7 games with the Yankees, Hinkse hit 5 home runs. Hinske offers the Yankees some great, valuable options moving into the post season. Congratulations Eric Hinske on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Jerry Hairston Jr., Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre
BIGGEST STEP-UP PERFORMANCE:
Francisco Cervelli

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When Posada went down, the Yankees didn’t have much options. Cervelli came up to take his place, and the expectations were not that high. A .180 hitter in AA hit .298 for the Yankees this year. His first career home run in Atlanta arguably turned the Yankee season around. Congratulations Francisco Cervelli on your 2009 season Award!
Other nominees: Ramiro Peña, Kevin Cash
BEST OFFSEASON PICK UP:
Mark Teixeira

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The Yankees were involved in the three biggest deals in the 2008 off season. The biggest was Mark Teixeira. A stellar glove at first won him an award earlier. His offense has him in contention for AL MVP. He leads the league in home runs with 39 and leads the league in RBI’s with 116. Without Teixeira, this team is much different. Congratulations Mark Teixeira on your second 2009 season award!
Other nominees: C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Nick Swisher
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT:
Chien-Ming Wang

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After winning 36 games in two years, something bad happened to Wang. In 12 games this season, Wang was 1-6 with a 9.64 ERA and a WH
IP over 2. Perhaps it was his foot injury last year in Houston, but with Wang’s production this year, it’s amazing the Yankees were able to do what they have done. You won an award… but no congratulations.
Other nominees: Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez, Brian Bruney
Thank you to all of my readers and voters. The regular season coverage is officially over. Time for the playoffs!

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9/6 Yankees vs. Blue Jays Preview

Yanks go for series win, Blue Jays look to split. 

Vote Now for the 2009 Season Awards

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Yankees @ Blue Jays
1:07 pm ET
Series at a Glance:
Game 1: NYY 10 TOR 5
Game 2: NYY 0 TOR 6
Game 3: NYY 6 TOR 4
Game 4: Mitre vs. Tallet
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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Sergio Mitre
#45 RHP
(3-1) 5.65 ERA 36.2 IP 20 SO 1.609 WHIP
Last Start: 8/29 vs. CWS: W, 6.1 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 SO, 0 HR
Away (Season): (1-0) 7.98 ERA 2.182 WHIP 
Season vs. TOR: 2 GS (0-1) 5.79 ERA 1.821 WHIP
Team Record In Appearances: 6-2
Run Support: 6.75 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitter (Blue Jays):
Most PA: Aaron Hill (9)
Best BA: Joe Inglett (.667, 2 for 3), Lyle Overbay (.667, 4 for 6)
Most H: Lyle Overbay (4)
Most HR: Jose Bautista, Adam Lind, Aaron Hill, Lyle Overbay (1)
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Blue Jays Probable Pitcher:

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Brian Tallet
# 56 LHP
(5-9) 5.17 ERA 134.0 IP 98 SO 1.485 WHIP
Last Start: 9/1 @ TEX: L, 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR
Home (Season): (2-2) 4.82 ERA 1.347 WHIP
Season vs. Yankees: 2 GS (0-1) 3.46 1.538 WHIP
Team Record In Appearances: 10-22
Run Support: 4.63 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Johnny Damon (23)
Best BA: Hideki Matsui (.500, 7 for 14), Mark Teixeira (.500, 4 for 8)
Most H: Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui (7)
Most HR: Robinson Cano, Hideki Matsui, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Johnny Damon (1)
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Keys to the Game:
  1. Swing Early: Tallet has given up 31 hits (5 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR) in 77 at bats on the first pitch this season. Thats a .403 batting average.
  2. Take Advantage: With RISP, Tallet has opposing hitters hitting at a .298 clip. 
  3. Forget the Match-Ups: Lefties are hitting .291 off Tallet which is a lot better than right handed hitters. So, if your Joe Girardi, don’t keep your lefties out of the line-up just because a lefty is on the mound.

CC Out Duels Beckett, Earns Series Win

Yanks pound out five homers to take rubber game in Boston. 


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Why do we even try to predict baseball? Anyone you ask would have said that todays game would finish, 1-0 or 2-1. Nope, it finished 8-4, not to mention the five home runs the Yankees hit of Josh Beckett. Don’t you find it interesting how the Yankees can’t hit Luke French, but have no problem hitting Josh Beckett? Pretty odd.
It didn’t take long to see what kind of game it was going to be. Jeter led off the game with a home run to right center on the first pitch of the game. Matsui led off the second with a homer. An RBI single by Teixeira and an RBI ground out by A-Rod, gave the Yanks two more in the third. Cano hit a shot in the fourth, and A-Rod hit a two-run blast in the fifth to give the Yanks their seventh run. Then, what a surprise, Matsui went yard (again) in the eighth to cap off the Yanks eight run, five homer outburst. 
The Red Sox scored on RBI’s by Baldelli and Varitek in the second, a run scored on a Robbie Cano error in the fourth, and a sac fly by Baldelli in the sixth. 
Lets talk about the Yankee defense today, it was terrible! Countless pop-ups were dropped, players were huddled up watching fly balls hit the ground, it was atrocious. This entire series has been very sloppy for both teams. If you hurry up, I bet you can get a job playing some defense for the Yanks. 
Beckett threw 120 pitches and gave up eight runs in eight innings pitched. He has now given up eight home runs in his last two starts. Lots of eights. 
CC, on the other hand, was pretty good. He gave up four runs in 6.2 innings, while striking out eight batters. Good job by the Red Sox taking pitches and fouling off some tough pitches. 
Hughes pitched a scoreless inning and a third, and Mariano nailed it down with a scoreless ninth. No save, but I’ll take it. 
Player of the Game: Hideki Matsui: 2 for 4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
The Wrap-Up:
Keep winning series, that’s what it’s all about. The Yankees are now 7.5 games ahead of Boston, and I think that Red Sox will finally tell you that the Wild Card is their goal. The Yanks are looking good, that’s all there is to it, all you can ask for now is that they don’t pull a 2008 Mets. 
Coming Up Next:
The Yanks are off tomorrow before starting a six game home stand beginning with Texas. The Red Sox open up a set against the White Sox in Fenway. 

8/23 Line-Ups

Yankees (77-46):

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Player Pos AVG vs. Beckett
Jeter SS .331 .298, 14 for 47
Damon LF .284 .273, 12 for 44
Teixeira 1B .288 .125, 2 for 16
Rodriguez 3B .264 .282, HR
Matsui DH .263 .261, 3B
Swisher RF .251 .294, 5 for 17
Cano 2B .314 .341, 14 for 41
Cabrera CF .270 .333, 12 for 36
Molina C .250 .154, 4 SO
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Red Sox (70-52):

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Player Pos AVG vs. Sabathia
Ellsbury CF .297 .333, 1 for 3
Pedroia 2B .300 0 for 9, 3 SO, BB
Martinez 1B .292 .167, 1 for 6
Youkilis 3B .308 .333, 4 for 12
Bay LF .257 0 for 6
Lowell DH .301 .154, 5 SO
Baldelli RF .263 .227, 5 for 22
Varitek C .222 .077, 3 SO
Gonzalez SS .210 0 for 6, 2 SO
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8/23 Yankees vs. Red Sox Preview

Each team looks to restore some order in series and salvage final game, win series.


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Yankees @ Red Sox
8:05 pm ET
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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C.C. Sabathia
#52 LHP
(14-7) 3.58 ERA 178.2 IP 140 SO 1.125 WHIP
Last Game: 8/18 @ OAK: W, 8.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 2 HR
@ Fenway (Career): 4 GS (1-2) 3.00 ERA 1.233 WHIP
Vs. Boston (Career): 9 GS (3-5) 3.57 ERA 1.127 WHIP
Vs. Boston (Season): 2 GS (1-1) 2.45 ERA 0.818 WHIP
Team Record:
In Starts: 15-11
Run Support:
In Starts: 5.55 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Red Sox):
Most PA: David Ortiz (25)
Best BA: Kevin Youkilis (.333, 4 for 12), Jacoby Ellsbury (.333, 1 for 3)
Most H: David Ortiz (7)
Most HR: David Ortiz (2)
Notable Stats:
Last 7 Stats: (6-1) 2.86 ERA 50.1 IP 45 SO 

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Red Sox Probable Pitcher:

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Josh Beckett
#19 RHP
(14-4) 3.38 ERA 162.1 IP 149 SO 1.133 WHIP
Last Game: 8/18 @ TOR: ND, 5.1 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 3 HR
@ Fenway (Career): 57 GS (29-16) 4.33 ERA 1.204 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Career): 16 GS (9-4) 5.03 ERA 1.464 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Season): 4 GS (2-0) 4.12 ERA 1.417 WHIP
Team Record:
In Starts: 18-6
Run Support:
In Starts: 5.51 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Derek Jeter (50)
Best BA: Robinson Cano (.341, 14 for 41)
Most H: Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter (14)
Most HR: Robinson Cano, Johnny Damon (2)
Notable Stats:
3rd PA in G: .291 BA, .350 OBP, .419 SLG
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8/22 Yankees vs. Red Sox Preview

Yanks hope they have something left after outburst last night.


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Yankees @ Red Sox
4:10 pm ET
Yankees Probable Pitcher:
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A.J. Burnett
#34 RHP
(10-6) 3.69 ERA 153.2 IP 135 SO 1.373 WHIP
Last Game: 8/17 @ OAK: L, 8.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR
@ Fenway (Career): 5 GS (3-1) 3.56 ERA 1.286 WHIP
Vs. Boston (Career): 11 GS (5-1) 3.39 ERA 1.298 WHIP
Vs. Boston (Season): 3 GS (0-1) 6.46 ERA
Team Record:
In Starts: 16-8
Run Support:
In Starts: 5.59 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Red Sox):
Most PA: David Ortiz (31)
Best BA: Jason Bay (.333, 6 for 18)
Most H: David Ortiz (7)
Most HR: David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia (2)
Notable Stats:
Last 12 Starts: (6-3) 2.59 ERA .220 BAA
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Red Sox Probable Pitcher:

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Junichi Tazawa
#63 RHP
(1-2) 5.40 ERA 11.2 IP 8 SO 1.971 WHIP
Last Game: 8/16 @ TEX: L, 5.0 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO, 2 HR
@ Fenway (Career): 1 G (1-0) 1.80 ERA 1.200 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Career): 1 G (0-1) 10.80 ERA 2.400 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Season): 1 G (0-1) 10.80 ERA 2.400 WHIP
Team Record:
In Starts: 1-1
In Appearances: 1-2
Run Support:
In Starts: 5.29 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Melky Cabrera, Eric Hinske, Johnny Damon, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui, Jorge Posada, Alex Rodriguez Mark Teixeira (1)
Best BA: Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Alex Rodriguez (1.000, 1 for 1)
Most HR: Alex Rodriguez (1)
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