Daily Archives: August 13, 2011

Yankees Mailbag- 8/13/11

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!

Game 118 – Tampa Bay @ NY

Posada’s back in the lineup. Hughes on the hill making a huge start for him if he wants to stay in the rotation.

1. Gardner LF
2. Jeter SS
3. Granderson CF
4. Teixeira 1B
5. Cano 2B
6. Swisher RF
7. Chavez 3B
8. Posada DH
9. Martin C
Hughes P

Last nights game.

So I was at last nights game.  These were my rainout tickets for missing the Friday game that Jeter was supposed to get his 3,000 hit.   We set right next to the visitors bullpen.   I talked with Price briefly as he was mad that his catcher wasn’t on time to have him warm up.   During the game myself and a couple of guys behind me talked with several relief pitchers.   I asked them if they were mad at Manny Ramirez for basically costing them a chance at making the playoffs and they all said no.  I guess i should have figured that since it’s the PC thing to say and they weren’t gonna openly bash him.

Another note Farnsworth wanted nothing to do with being outside he sat inside the whole game probably because he knew he would get killed by the fans.  He came out and warmed up in the ninth and the fans were all over.  “You stink on ice”  , “Thanks for nothing”…….it was very funny.   The most active talker on Tampa was relief pitcher Cruz.   He was very nice and threw a couple balls to the fans.

Well Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone.

Morning Bits: A-Rod, Mariano, Burnett

Tough loss last night.  C.C. giving up 5 solo homeruns was tough to watch being at the game.  At least I was sitting next to Tampa Bays Bullpen and got to heckle Farnsworth all night.

here are your morning links…

* A Rod homers in rehab start.

* Yankees and Mariano are not worried about his recent struggles.

* Cashman says AJ Burnett is an unfair target for fan bashing.


AL East Standings

Boston 73 44 .624 37-22 36-22 637 491 +146 Won 1 7-3
NY Yankees 71 46 .607 2 39-24 32-22 623 455 +168 Lost 1 6-4
Tampa Bay 64 54 .542 9.5 31-28 33-26 506 461 +45 Won 5 8-2
Toronto 59 59 .500 14.5 29-29 30-30 547 545 +2 Lost 2 4-6
Baltimore 45 71 .388 27.5 28-34 17-37 478 617 -139 Lost 2 2-8

CC touched for five homers in defeat

Jeter, SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .276
Granderson, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .273
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .247
Cano, 2B 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .302
Swisher, DH 3 0 1 0 1 2 0 .269
Jones, An, RF 3 0 1 1 0 2 1 .242
Martin, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .225
Nunez, E, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .264
Gardner, LF 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 .280
Totals 30 1 6 1 2 7 9 .265


Sabathia(L, 16-7) 8.0 10 5 5 0 7 5 2.93
Ayala 1.0 2 0 0 1 1 0 1.40
Totals 9.0 12 5 5 1 8 5 3.54

NEW YORK — CC Sabathia endured an evening unlike any other in his big league career, serving up a career-high five home runs as the Rays defeated the Yankees, 5-1, on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

All five of the home runs Sabathia surrendered were of the solo variety, but that would be enough for Tampa Bay, supporting a very strong effort by David Price in a matchup of standout left-handers.

“They put good swings on balls right down the middle,” Sabathia said. “It’s baseball. It’s a humbling sport and today was definitely humbling.”

Casey Kotchman and Kelly Shoppach belted back-to-back blasts and Johnny Damon also went deep in the third inning, and Elliot Johnson added another homer to lead off the fifth inning.

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