Yankees Mailbag Part 2 – 9/11/11
Welcome to a special Part 2 edition of Yankees Mailbag. Part 1 was answered yesterday by JamieFish and I’m here with some of your questions for Part 2. Before we get started with the questions, I would like to take some time to honor all the lives lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks, and let them know that even though they are gone, they are never forgotten.
You sent me your questions via Twitter and I got some really good ones, so let’s get started shall we?
The first question comes from @rockstarxii. They asked:
Q: What do you think the Yankees need to work on the most to get through the playoffs and into the World Series?
A: What the Yankees need to work on is a couple of things. Their pitching needs to be more consistent meaning that you can’t be like A.J Burnett and throw 3 innings and give up 7 runs. That’s not possible to make it through a postseason run. Also, the Yankees offense needs to be more consistent. If you noticed they lost their juice and lost 4 straight. Luckily the Red Sox also lost 4 straight, so it’s all good so far, but Tampa Bay is slowly catching up to the Red Sox & Yankees. But the thing that the Yankees need the most, is rest. Let’s face it, Baltimore messed up the Yankees schedule in September leaving them only 1 day off during the season, but not even September 15 can be counted as a day off because the Yankees are going from Seattle to Toronto. Besides that the other day off that the Yankees have is September 29, but that’s the day before the ALDS. So to recap, the Yankees need good pitching, good offense and some rest.
Our next question comes from @addie623. She asked:
Q: What do Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada & Mariano Rivera plan to do after they stop playing?
A: We we all don’t know what they plan on doing after their careers, but here’s an idea that I want each of the Yankees players to do when they finally stop playing. Derek Jeter, I can picture him in the YES booth doing commentary during Yankees games. Either that or as the manager of the New York Yankees. Mariano Rivera will be the pitching coach and teach the rookies his famous cutter. And Jorge Posada? He gets the best job of all. He’ll be the hitting coach & he’ll teach the rookie catchers the art of catching. I think Jesus Montero learned a few things from Jorge yesterday when Posada caught for the first time in 2011.
Our next question comes from @idontwearredsox. They asked:
Q: Do you think Noesi should start at least once in place of either Hughes, AJ, or both?
A: Well, I would like to see Noesi start in the place of A.J Burnett. Phil Hughes hasn’t pitched sharp but he hasn’t been terrible. Burnett on the other hand has not pitched well, but in his last 2 starts there’s a small slight promise that Burnett is doing better. He’s kept the Yankees in both games that he’s pitched which is different than his usual outings but I would like to see how Noesi can come in and pitch as a starter.
Our next question comes from @YourFaceIsThere. They asked:
Q: If Mark Buehrle joins the team, how will he fit in the rotation?
A: I think Buehrle will fit well in the Yankees rotation. The only question would be who comes back and who leaves the team during the 2011 off-season. Ivan Nova is an automatic lock to stay with the team as well as Burnett, CC Sabathia has an opt out at the end of the season which I believe he will take, and we don’t know what will happen to Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon & Phil Hughes. Hughes might be trade bait to get a better starter so if Hughes goes or if Burnett doesn’t make the rotation then there’s the spot for Mark Buehrle.
Our next question comes from @YankeesandJets8. They asked:
Q: Why can’t the Yankees win when the Red Sox lose?
A: Because like the Red Sox the Yankees are also worn out. They haven’t had a day-off in what feels like a century in a half. If the Yankees can regroup and relax a bit then they will be a more offensive team, and maybe when the Red Sox lose, they’ll win.
And our final question comes from @gardnerbrett11. They asked:
Q: Would it be possible if Jesus Montero joined the team in 2012, instead of going to Triple-AAA?
A: Well, I think that Montero should join the team in 2012, but to make roster moves for the more veteran players, Montero might start the year in Triple-AAA even though we don’t want that to happen. But if something happens to Cervelli or Martin (if he resigns with the Yankees), then Montero would be the first one called up in my opinion. He has awesome power, but I would like to see how he catches before we completely set and stone add him to the roster.
Well, that was all the questions I have! If you ever want to ask a question that’s Yankees related, then reply to my twitter account @dfiregirl4 and it will be answered on the next edition of Yankees Mailbag! Until next time Yankees Universe!