Hello Yankees fans and welcome to another segment of Yankees Mailbag where you send in your questions & I answer them. Since my last Yankees Mailbag, a lot of news has happened. Yankees lucked out on Ubaldo Jimenez and signed no one at the trade deadline. The Yankees also had a series at Fenway Park which they unfortunately lost.
I asked followers on my Twitter account to send in their questions and they have responded. Let’s answer some questions shall we?
Our first question comes from @HTFDWhalers and he asked:
Q: Given CC’s ineffectiveness against Boston this year, would you start Ivan Nova in Game 1 of an ALCS against the Sox?
A: I can see your concern for CC Sabathia being 0-4 against the Red Sox, but even though that Ivan Nova has pitched well, I cant’ see him starting Game 1 of the ALCS against the Sox. Nova’s a very good starter but not having CC pitch Game 1 sounds like you’re giving up on him too fast. CC has beaten the Red Sox before and he can do it again, so just because he lost 4 games v.s the Red Sox, there shouldn’t be really a high alarm. CC will come through when it really matters and if it has to be during the ALCS, then so be it.
Our next question comes from @treyalex09. His question was:
Q: I think Jorge would make a great coach, especially for young Yankees catchers. Do you think the Yankees will offer a spot & will he accept someday?
A: There’s no denying that Jorge Posada was an amazing catcher for the Yankees. I have a feeling that the Yankees might offer a spot for him to coach in the future, but with all that Posada’s been through this year he might feel some resentment towards the Yankees. I wouldn’t expect him to take it right away as Posada is a very proud man and has not been very proud of how the 2011 season turned out. But I do hope that Jorge Posada would be involved with the Yankees even after he retires.
Our next question(s) come from @secondz2late. He asked 3 very interesting questions so I will address them all. The first one is:
Q: Should Jorge be on the postseason roster?
A: Jorge should most definetely be on the postseason roster. If Jorge is going to be a bench player then that means that the Yankees could use his bat during a game. It would be exciting to see Jorge in the postseason even if it’s for an AB.
Here’s @secondz2late’s second question:
Q: Should us fans be worried about Mariano Rivera?
A: Mariano Rivera always goes through mini-slumps like this, just like any pitcher & any hitter. Mariano is the best closer in baseball, and he will be back in his true form in no time. Trust me, Mariano will pitch like his old self very soon.
Here’s the last question from @secondz2late:
Q: Who do you think should be the odd-man out in the rotation?
A: Obviously it’s not Ivan Nova. Ivan Nova, CC Sabathia, Bartolo Colon & Freddy Garcia have all pitched very well all year. If it were me it would have to be between A.J Burnett & Phil Hughes. Hughes is not having a good season at all, and Burnett is not doing so well himself. In 29 1/3 innings, Burnett has a 6.44 ERA which is not good at all. If it were me, I would send Burnett to the bullpen no matter how much he gets paid. He has to learn that he can’t get lazy and that this is a job that he’s fighting for. Hughes I believe has room for improvement, but Hughes can pitch well. He won 18 games last year.
The next question was from @199827NY61. His question was:
Q: Have you ever seen a 6 man rotation before?
A: Sure I have. CC, Hughes, Garcia, Burnett, Nova, Colon :). But seriously, I don’t think I have seen a 6 man rotation before. If anyone that’s reading this has seen a 6 man rotation before, put it in the comment section below. It would be interesting to find out.
Our next question comes from @tazc23. Here’s the question:
Q: How is CC handling the struggling losses to Boston. Does he worry about the playoffs?
A: CC is aware of his struggles against the Red Sox, but when he was asked about it all he answered was, “I have to pitch better.” I don’t think CC is worried about the playoffs at this point. His main priority is making sure that he helps the Yankees win the division, then he will worry about getting the Yankees through the playoffs.
Our next question (one of my favorites) comes from @Nick_Eustaquio. He asked.
Q: Why doesn’t Brett Gardner have a twitter?
A: I have no idea. Mark Teixeira? Do us all a favor and hook your buddy up to the 21st century. 🙂
Our final question comes from @VamosYankees. His question was:
Q: Who do you see as the starting 5 pitchers for the Yanks next opening day? Who do you think Yanks will covet this off season?
A: I hope to see CC Sabathia back with the Yankees since it has been said that he most likely will opt out of his contract at the end of the 2011 season. I also hope that the Yankees resign Bartolo Colon & Freddy Garcia. Here’s how I would like to see the Yankees for opening day: Sabathia, Colon, Garcia, Nova, Burnett & Hughes either to the bullpen or trade bait. Who the Yankees might get this off-season might be hitters since Jorge Posada is in the final year of his contract but you can never go wrong with the bullpen.
Well, that was all the questions that I had! Thank you everyone who sent in your questions! If you ever have anymore questions for me to answer send it to my Twitter @dfiregirl4. Thanks everybody!