-Phil Hughes is currently the best pitcher in the American League.
-Just what we needed. If Swisher needs a day off, then today’s afternoon matinee could feature an outfield of Brett Gardner, Randy Winn and Greg Golson in what may very well be the weakest Yankee offensive outfield ever assembled. Doesn’t sound serious, though.
-Girardi weighed in on Mo’s question from yesterday, and it appears that Sergio Mitre will get the start on Sunday. That pushes Vazquez’s next starts to Monday against the Red Sox at the stadium, and Saturday against the Mets at Citifield. The Red Sox are a tough match up for Javy, but the Twins have some very tough lefty hitters as well. Neither would have been easy, so he’ll just need to build on yesterday’s performance.
-Alex’s slow start with his power numbers have led some to question whether or not he will challenge the all-time HR record after all. While I don’t want to make too much out of a few bad weeks, ones where he was admittedly banged up (knee) it’s always fair to question whether anyone can set an all-time record. They are by definition the rarest of rare events, and we all thought Ken Griffey Jr was going to chase history a few years back.
-Larry over at IATMS is wrapping up his terrific series on salary caps and why they don’t work in Baseball. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend reading all four parts for anyone who wants to get up to speed on the business of Baseball and the inner workings of the team-union issues. These issues will be very prominent when the current CBA expires next year.
-In other blog news, Rational Pastime is the best new Baseball blog I’ve seen in quite a while. It’s a general Baseball blog, but there’s loads of Yankee-related stuff for us pinstripe lovers. Check it out.
-For the folks who think Vazquez doesn’t have the stuff or heart to pitch in the AL, do you know who’s #2 on the active list for Strikeouts? Guess who. Some of that is durability to be sure, the only reason Moyer or Wakefield are on there is they’ve pitched for a very long time, they’ve never been big strikeout guys. Active Leader lists are typically filled with some great players and others who’ve simply hung around forever, which is why modern fans favor rate stats over these aggregate numbers. But it shows the kind of company he’s in, and how rare it is for someone to have the career he’s had. He’s also the fourth youngest out of the top 10, and the other three are named Johan Santana, CC Sabathia and Roy Halladay.
-Finally, the last section of the old Yankee Stadium was finally taken down over the weekend. If you look at the site from the elevated train tracks, you will now see nothing but debris and construction equipment. On this occasion, I’d like to ask our readers for their remembrances of the old facility. Is there any one moment that stands out for you? For me, it was a July 17th, 1990 game where Bo Jackson hit 3 HRs and Deion Sanders hit an inside-the-parker in the same game, in what was an otherwise awful season for the Yanks. Maybe that one stands out for me because it was such a rare event in an otherwise forgettable stretch of teams. What’s yours?
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