Archive for the ‘Odds & Ends’ Category
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ivan Nova RHP
RHP Ivan Nova (7-4, 4.26)
Nova vs. Mets
Jose Reyes SS
Justin Turner 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Daniel Murphy 1B
Angel Pagan CF
Jason Bay LF
Ronny Paulino C
Ruben Tejada 2B
Jonathan Niese LHP
LHP Jonathan Niese (7-6, 3.67)
Niese vs. Yankees
As most of the people that will be reading this know I have been in the “Joba is a starter” camp from the get go. While I still believe he can be at worst a #2 starter at the Major League level I am starting to question it a bit. Maybe it is just because it has been going on for so long or maybe it is from watching him for almost 3 years now.
For the first time in his career he will have no limitations or ceilings put on his innings.He will not go through the 3 inning, 50 pitch, whichever comes first nonsense that he went through at the end of 2009. He will not have to be stretched out as he was when he started in the bullpen and was moved to the rotation in 2008 and in my opinion this can only be a good thing for his psyche. One would have to imagine when presented with a 3 inning 50 pitch limit that a pitcher would be too fine or at least try to be in order to get the most out of his pitches. Chamberlain has had success in both roles, starter and reliever. If you throw out the “holding pattern” starts from Aug. 30th until he went to the pen in October of 09 ( 1-2 25.2IP 35H 21R 20ER 5HR 11BB and 17K) his career #s as a starter stand at 11-5 in 196IP 192H 96R 83ER 20HR 90BB and 189K. At the age of 24 these are numbers that make me wonder what he is capable of doing as a starter over a career.
He has had less bumps in the road as a reliever since he broke onto the scene in 2007. Out of the bullpen he has ridiculous stats. For his career in 50 appearances he is 3-2 with a 1.50ERA in 60IP giving up 39H 11R 10 earned surrendering 2HR while walking 20 and striking out 79. His ability out of the pen is undeniable he has been unhittable at times and strikes fear into opposing hitters. His demeanor is not unlike many closers, he can be surly and animated and he seems th thrive on the pressure that comes along with coming out of the bullpen. Though, after watching Mariano Rivera for the last 15 years I kind of like the calm, cool and collected persona he projects. That is not to say that a guy like Joba cant be successful as a reliever, just look at that jackass papelbon.
I guess the main reason I have always been in the “starter camp” is because top of the rotation guys dont grow on trees.Although as time goes on I am starting to get a little worried about his delivery. It seems to me that for a big kid there is not alot of leg thrust (think Tom Seaver) and that he throws with alot of arm. I dont believe that is very conducive to 15 years of 200 innings and 34 starts. In a perfect world Chamberlain would have spent 3 years in the minor leagues working on things like that but that isnt the world the Yankees reside in. The win now attitude surrounding the team and demanded for by the fans is the reason Joba came up to the pen in 07 and started the season there in 08.
I know this is filled with alot of stuff that has been said in alot of places. Guess what, it is going to keep being said in alot of places until Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi and the Yankees orginization make a decision. Who knows, maybe the decision has already been made. One thing is for sure, we will know by the end of 2010….I hope.
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Bronx Brass Tacks has uncovered the most detailed as-of-yet calendar & itinerary for the New York Yankees’ Spring Training in 2010, waaaaay more detailed than the reporting dates and tentative game schedule. The defending World Champions have quite the active spring on tap, here’s what we can expect:
Pitchers & Catchers: 2/17
4:30am – Joba Chamberlain’s first feeding: 2-oz warm bottle of formula. Make sure you burp him!
6:15 – Phil Hughes practices shaving, “0-2 stare” in bathroom mirror.
7:00 – Andy Pettitte eats his oatmeal, fills out his daily stool-monitoring chart.
8:00 – All players suit up and meet on field B.
9:30 – Pitchers throw off the mound to live batters.
9:31 – Jorge Posada’s first visit to the mound.
9:45 – Goose Gossage’s moustache arrives to monitor bullpen hopefuls.
10:30 – Coaches only: calculator calisthenics with manager Joe Girardi.
11:15 – Visit from “Gator” announced; rookies mistakenly form line to pet the baby alligators.
12:00 – Lunch!
12:15 – A.J. Burnett impresses the rookies with his looger-hocking skills.
12:45 – Joba hits pitch limit while tossing lunch bag in trash can, sits out rest of afternoon.
1:00 – Damaso Marte retires for a lefty-specialists-only siesta.
1:40 – Javier Vazquez permission slip to start due in Dave Eiland’s hands. Signature from la Mamita is required.
2:30 – CC Sabathia finishes lunch.
3:20 – Mariano Rivera spontaneously appears in right field, jogs to the mound, warms up.
5:15 – Hit the steam room!
First Workout: 2/18
5:45am – All binders, staplers, paper clips, and hole-punches report to Joe Girardi’s office for pre-spreadsheeting warm-ups.
6:00 – ARod sings “Like a Virgin” into his shower brush.
6:30 – Derek Jeter inside-outs an egg for breakfast.
8:00 -Players begin stretching hamstrings, shoulders, and quads; Nick Swisher starts stretching tongue & loosening his rock-n-roll devil-fingers; Mark Teixeira assumes lotus posture, after 20 minutes moves slowly to downward-eagle position, resumes chakra breathing after another 40 minutes, meditates on the UZR of the Yankee infield for an hour or so.
8:05 – Nick Johnson down with a leg injury.
9:15 – Car backfires; Brett Gardner takes off in a puff of smoke, is never seen again.
11:00 – Nick Johnson returns from leg injury, sprains shoulder.
11:45 – Early lunch, damn it’s hot out there today!
12:30 – Tony Pena sends A.J. Burnett to Cashman’s office for tagging up “legends” monuments with spray paint.
1:00 – Hank Steinbrenner goes AWOL from rehab; Steinbrenner Field security puts all flammables under lock and key.
1:55 – Curtis Granderson has had quite enough of the “Yankee this, Yankee that” b******t for a Wednesday afternoon.
3:45 – Ramiro Pena and Francisco Cervelli swap “chupacabra” stories.
4:20 – Binders vs. Penda-Flex, intra-squad.
5:50 – Nick Johnson returns from shoulder sprain, ruptures knee capsule.
Position Players: 2/23
7:00am – Nick Johnson fractures eye socket while opening medicine cabinet, requires hip surgery.
9:00 – Yogi Berra visits, rambles ten or twenty minutes about what “Robbie Cano, can do!”
10:25 – Reggie Jackson wallpapers ARod’s locker with box scores from the ’73, ’74, ’77, and ’78 World Series.
11:10 – Mel Stottlemyre spits on binder and tells it to “go to hell.”
12:50 – Johnny Damon shows up, tells a small group of last year’s starters that the players on his new team are “real jerks”.
1:15 – Randy Winn “is just about due out on the lawn with the young-in’s, sittin’ on the swing with a tall glass of lemonade and a-rockin’, jus’ sittin’ and a-rockin’.”
2:30 – Cody Ransom takes center field.
3:15 – Jeter meets the press in the Civic Auditorium to issue 3 full hours of quotables to the 400 reporters assembled there. Finishes by saying “now, leave me the f*** alone for the next 8 months.”
3:55 – Sun momentarily eclipsed as Michael Kay’s head emerges from the dugout.
4:20 – MLB Network to replay ARod’s last three or four apologies in succession for the next 72 hours straight.
First Full Workout: 2/24
8:00am – Nick Johnson pronounced dead…
…and announced as the opening day DH.
Hit Uncle Sal’s for his annual radio hits from Mike Francesa at Mohegan Sun. Great stuff from Yogi Berra, former umpire Ken Kaiser, Jim Leyland, and Don Zimmer.
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