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Old 11-18-2012, 12:36 PM   #2471 (permalink)
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Jays have reportedly signed Melky Cabrera. Good lord we're juiced (pun, haha).
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Soriano was rather lights out, save for a few blown saves (no pun intended). He had 42 saves, 2.26 ERA... Not that I think "saves" are the be all and end all of baseball, anyway, but I don't think the Yankees gain too much from Rivera returning, even if it's to classic Rivera form. Perhaps something of an intangible psychological advantage.

The most critical matters for the Yankees, it seems to me, are, fielding a more dynamic lineup from top to bottom this year, for key guys like Gardner and Sabathia (and Jeter and A-Rod while we're at it) to stay healthy and, realistically, to keep Kuroda (and keep him out of the Dodgers' fiendish grasp). The lineup issue could be a change in the way guys like Granderson and Cano are instructed to hit, or it could be more youth and energy, but something definitely needs to be done. Kevin Long has done a lot of great things for a bunch of guys who have come and gone for them, but almost ardent insistance--particularly when dealing with LHBs--to make them pull-happy robots has possibly helped to poison certain guys' productivity even in the face of lots of home runs as one of the chief positive outcomes, especially when they aren't getting the pitch for which they are primarily looking. Granderson in particular, far more than Cano, seem so to be suffering from this situation. His K rate has gone through the roof. In 2011, when he was an AL MVP candidate, it was at least acceptable as the production was evident, but while his dinger total a couple homers higher, many of the key numbers were down, OBP., SLG., OPS, OPS+.

The team is just so old in general. Some of these guys are going to lose multiple steps over the course of the next couple of seasons. Some will persist in being highly productive players. And probably one or two will fall off cliffs (perhaps A-Rod already did).

It's weird, but it seems like the offense is their biggest problem. Oakland and New York ended up being peculiarly similar in their offensive attacks, fundamentally overreliant on the home run. I say "overreliant" not because hitting tons of home runs is bad, it obviously isn't. But in each case it was imbalanced line of attack and it caught up with each team when, interestingly enough, they both had to face the Detroit Tigers and their superlative starting pitching. Yankees more so than the A's, but anyway.
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Or at least the shortest right field wall in baseball.
Sorta to both points, I hate Yankee Stadium's dimensions. Guys see that short porch and and go pull happy. Completely ruined Teixiera and Granderson's swing. Pitchers know to just throw off speed pitches and breaking balls to the outside and they'll get themselves out SMH. Thank God Robbie is a spray hitter or we'd be truly fucked.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:48 PM   #2472 (permalink)
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You guys know what the best part about the SEC investigation of the bonds used by Miami to fund the stadium is? It's the city of Miami who's done this shit before and gotten in trouble for it, and the city of Miami who will be on the hook for all that money, Marlins are in the clear
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:54 PM   #2473 (permalink)
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Sorta to both points, I hate Yankee Stadium's dimensions. Guys see that short porch and and go pull happy. Completely ruined Teixiera and Granderson's swing. Pitchers know to just throw off speed pitches and breaking balls to the outside and they'll get themselves out SMH. Thank God Robbie is a spray hitter or we'd be truly fucked.
Completely agree. Long's insistence to emphasize the "power of the pull" has really damaged the all-around hitting technique and ability of guys like Granderson and Teixiera, quite badly, in fact. They remain dangerous, of course, but any good pitcher who knows what he's doing has an extra built-in advantage against them because their hitting strategy is so transparent.

By the way, I'm really looking forward to the series in about ten months when the GIANTS invade Yankee Stadium. Should be a lot of fun.

One of my favorite live baseball memories has to be going to the entire New York Yankees/San Francisco Giants series of June 22-24, 2007. Now that was a lot of fun.

Poor Matt Cain kept posting a 3.00-or-so ERA and could never win ("Cained" he was by the Giants through his first several years, it's a travesty). A-Rod at his peak. Bonds chasing history, steroids notwithstanding. Lots of drama in all three games. I'll always remember that Sunday afternoon game in particular. Clemens coming in for relief and blowing up. A-Rod's mammoth dinger to Center Field. Lots of great plays by both teams throughout the whole weekend.
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The Dodgers are the favorite to sign Zack Greinke according to an insider. Both the Angels and Rangers are said to be “on the outside looking in.”


Fuck! No, no, no. C'mon, Halos, wake up. You need Greinke. Don't let him slip through your fingers. Don't let him be consumed by the wicked Blue Horde's Invasion of the Body Snatchers-style humongous peapod!
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I wouldn't even be worried Deso, one thing you can always rely on is the Dodgers fucking things up. And not in a good way.
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Good point, Notorious.

Part of it is that I've always kind of liked Greinke and don't want to start hating him. (Though I really don't personally hate certain Dodgers like Kershaw, Kemp and the two Ellis guys, but anyway, haha.)
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Here's hoping this Jays BLOCKBUSTER gets announced officially tomorrow.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:05 AM   #2478 (permalink)
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Selig was still reviewing it last time we heard, right? Haha. You might have to wait a while. Ol' Bud needs his nap time.
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The Dodgers are the favorite to sign Zack Greinke according to an insider. Both the Angels and Rangers are said to be “on the outside looking in.”


Fuck! No, no, no. C'mon, Halos, wake up. You need Greinke. Don't let him slip through your fingers. Don't let him be consumed by the wicked Blue Horde's Invasion of the Body Snatchers-style humongous peapod!
Im not surprise, they are willing to offer him more. At this point, I rather Angels focus on what they have now.
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Selig was still reviewing it last time we heard, right? Haha. You might have to wait a while. Ol' Bud needs his nap time.
Yeah, I wonder what his review process is. See how e-mails have arrived in his inbox to complain?
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