Posted on: June 16, 2008 3:23 am

Yankees On The Move

The Yankees have been playing a lot better since Posada has returned. The pitching of Wang, Pettitte, Mussina and Joba has looked pretty good of late and the offense has definitely shown some signs of recovery. When Kennedy comes back to the big club, I can see him or Rasner being the fifth starter or Girardi going to some kind of semi-starter situation where one will start and the other will serve as an appointed reliever when the first sign of big trouble occurs. Neither one looks like they could throw 6-7 quality innings at this point so a three inning stint may serve both of them well in getting them to focus and minimizing the pressure.

I really like the way Damon and Giambi have come on lately. They have been making really good contact and they have become legitimate threats again. I still believe Jeter has been playing through injuries caused by being hit by those pitches a little while back. Posada hasn't shown any signs of rust or any lingering effects from that shoulder injury.

The Yankees are playing good ball lately but I hope the injury to Wang is nothing more than a sprain. They can get by with a couple of starts by someone else but anything longer than that will wreak havoc for the team.
Posted on: June 8, 2008 10:55 pm

Posada's Return

I know the Yankees pitching of late has been dreadful for the most part and they have escaped with a couple of wins late in the game but the team has looked a lot better offensively since Posada has returned. Damon has been on fire while Giambi and Cano have raised their averages quite a bit. Even Betemit has contributed lately. Giese looked good out there and he should take Farnsworth's or Hawkins' roster spot once Britton returns. His two plus innings of work was better than anything Farnsworth and Hawkins have contributed all season. Giese, Ohlendorf and Veras in the 6th and 7th innings, Edwar Ramirez in the 8th and Rivera in the 9th. Then add Bruney when he's healthy again (possibly in a few weeks), Albaladejo, Kennedy and maybe even Hughes when they recover. The fact that Giese shut down KC while the Yankees chipped away and then took the lead is better than the usual Farnsworth line of one inning, three hits, multiple runs, 2 walks, two strikeouts and another Yankee loss after he was handed a lead.
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Posted on: May 28, 2008 12:51 am

Girardi Manages to Lose

After watching the Yankees lose 10-9 with Hawkins, I am now convinced that Girardi manages games to lose instead of managing to win. How in the world do you put someone like Hawkins out there when he has done nothing but implode at every opportunity? You have a chance to win the game, you bring Joba in and close it out regardless of his current routine of stretching him out. Every time the Yankees have a chance of climbing to/over .500, Girardi makes some kind of foolish decision that leads to another losing streak. I can understand why the Marlins wanted to fire him now. Every Yankee fan must have seen the loss coming with Hawkins coming out of the bullpen. Why is Hawkins still on the roster when you have plenty of arms in the minors who can probably pitch marginally better?
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Posted on: March 2, 2008 6:20 am
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