-Sergio Mitre seems to be the focus of many fan’s ire with this 3 game skid. I’m not ready to send him back to Scranton just yet. Firstly, we don’t have any other alternatives that are ready to go, and even Aceves appears to be working out some issues with his last 2 outings. Mitre’s stuff looks serviceable, he just needs to make some minor adjustments and figure his 1st inning issues out. His pitches were up Saturday, and guys like him get killed when they can’t get the ball down. Don’t forget Joba was having 1st inning issues a few months ago, so we know those things can be worked on. I was also very impressed by the fact that Mitre stayed on the bench for most of the rest of the game talking to Pettitte. Most starters don’t do stuff like that. That tells me he cares, he’s trying very hard, and is willing to learn. I don’t give up on him just yet. Cody Ransom, however. . . .
-Jesus Montero hurt his hand catching Lance Pendleton yesterday, and according to reports from the game he was in a lot of pain. No more info at this point, so we’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed.
-In other minor notes, Humberto Sanchez appears to have lost some weight and is taking Baseball more seriously. Its about time, at 26 he is fast approaching the point where he loses his prospect status.
-Very quietly, Mark Melancon is putting together some nice outings in his last few appearances. Bruney looked much better yesterday as well, and I agree with Girardi that he appears to be getting closer. If those two guys can contribute in a meaningful way to the bullpen, that frees up Alfredo Aceves to take Joba’s starts once he starts approaching his innings limits, which is soon. With Hughes as dominant as 07 Joba and Wang out for the year, I’ve come to the conclusion Joba needs to start in the playoffs, not return to the bullpen.
-Phil Coke’s ERA just went from 3.77 to 4.98 after yesterday’s outing. Giving up 6 ER in .1 innings will do that to you. His luck appears to be running out, as his ERA is now more in line with his 4.84 FIP. Marte should be back soon, let’s hope he’s 100%.
-The Yanks may need a starter, but it wont be Phil Hughes. Check out this Girardi interview from WFAN on Friday. Evan Roberts tries to nail Girardi down on the Joba ‘plan’ and he was evasive. The only thing he was definitive on, and shot down immediately was moving Hughes to the rotation.
- I love how Nolan Ryan is the leader of the ‘Anti-Innings Limit’ movement for pitchers under age 25. Nolan has been very outspoken about the fact that he doesn’t believe in restricting innings for young pitchers, saying they need to pitch more to learn how to pitch and ‘build up their arms’. Guess what? That’s right, Nolan HIMSELF never broke 152 IP until he was 25 years old, which is exactly what modern sports medicine suggests. He was well under that mark for the first 4 seasons of his career. In his case it was unintentional, he had Military service obligations that forced him to miss some time, along with the occasional injury. But its ironic the leader of the Luddites tells his pitchers to ‘do as I say, not as I did myself’. The Emperor has no clothes.
-Here’s the pitching match ups for the upcoming Red Sox series at home. Lester goes Wednesday, so we’re going to miss him:
Thursday vs Boston: Joba vs Smoltz
Friday vs Boston: Burnett vs Beckett
Saturday vs Boston: Sabathia vs Bucholtz
Sunday vs Boston: Pettitte vs Penny
Not exactly a preview of the playoffs. We really should make some hay with those matchups.
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