Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Yankees Lose Sight of Win

The Good

Colon can still pitch! Colon went 6.1 innings allowing 3 runs, 2 earned and struck out 9. The Yankees broke their homerless streak with a jack by Cano, and Cory Wade continued to impress with another scoreless inning, which takes me to some potential good:

In this post from Chad Jennings of the Journal News, Chad outlines some statements made by Girardi about the setup role:

Girardi didn’t want to commit to Soriano’s role when he comes back. Girardi has previously said Soriano would take back the eighth-inning role. “He has been out [sic] eighth-inning guy,” Girardi said today. “We’ve got to see how he’s throwing and how he’s feeling before I can make any determination. The big thing is we’ve got to get him back healthy and throwing the way he’s capable of. We’ll just see what happens, but we’ve got to get him back first.”

Do personal feelings matter when deciding who gets the eighth inning? “No. I’ve got to do what’s best for our team. That’s what I have to do. Let’s see how he’s throwing the ball, let’s see how he feels and how he bounces back, and then we’ll make decisions. Right now, it’s just hypotheticals. My favorite. Makes for good news and stories.”

So why is this potentially good news? Well, its no secret that Soriano has sucked this season, while Dave Robertson has been amazing. Robertson deserves the 8th inning spot. The fact that Girardi is not prepared to hand the spot back to Soriano gives hope that maybe Robertson will be pitching in the 8th, with Soriano spelling Robertson from time-to-time. How does an egotistical player respond to a demotion? Typically not well, and typically not rationally. I'm hoping that Soriano is relegated to middle releif, and that at the end of the season he opts out of this ridiculous contract to seek a closing role elsewhere, thus freeing us of the first real Hal Steinbrenner mistake.

More Good

Gardner is out-hitting and out-stealing Carl Crawford. How's that feel for a bargain?

The Bad and the Ugly

The Rays stadium. The Rays have been trying to build a new stadium for a few years now, but apparently the mayor of St. Petersburg won't let them look for sites outside of the city, which is the latest snag for the plan. The Rays could be playing in the proposed stadium in Tampa pictured here:


Instead they play here:


So ugly.

Finally, Someone Thinks of the Babies

Cano hit a homerun breaking the spell of selfish hoarding that has characterized the RJG since they stopped hitting homeruns. That's $2 for the Children's Health Fund's homerun club.

Mark Teixeira 25hr = $50
Curtis Granderson 25hr = $50
Russell Martin 10hr = $20
Alex Rodriguez 13hr = $26
Jorge Posada 9hr = $18
Robinson Cano 16hr = $32
Andruw Jones 5hr = $10
Brett Gardner 4hr = $8
Nick Swisher 10hr = $20
Derek Jeter 3hr = $6
Francisco Cervelli 1hr = $2
Eduardo Nunez 3hr = $6
Ramiro Pena 1hr = $2
Total = $250


Uncle Mike said...

The Trop is starting to make the Metrodome look good -- and if Billy Martin (who hated Minnesota's dump more than anybody) were still alive, he'd agree with me.

Move the Rays. Move them to a city where more than 23,000 fans will come out to watch a matchup between the teams ranked 1st and 2nd in the Wild Card standings. Move them to a city where more than 20,000 fans will watch the average game. Move them to a city with a less stupid stadium. Montreal, perhaps. (Yes, I saw 2 Expos games at Le Stade Olympique, and while it was weird, it was better than the Trop.)

Rich Mahogany said...

It pains me to say it, but Soriano won't opt out unless the Yankees resort to blackmail. There's no way his performance this year could get him a contract larger than what he's owed over the next two years.

Even if he's demoted to mop up duty and is miserable, he won't opt out because no team will pay him anything like $22 million in 2012.

Rich Mahogany said...

I loved going to Expos games. The Expos and other teams would sign autographs before the game like in the minor leagues. Fans of other teams would go to Montreal just to get Chipper Jones to sign an autograph. You could sit behind the Expos' dugout for about $20 U.S. Then you could have a conversation with your friend sitting behind the visitors' dugout during the game. I miss that crappy stadium.

Fernando Alejandro said...

I think Soriano has too much of an ego to face a demotion, and I think that's our biggest hope in him opting out. You're right that no one would pay him what we pay him, but he could take his $1.5 million opt out money and feel pretty good about walking away from his demotion if he gets a chance to close somewhere.

Uncle Mike, I totally agree with you. Getting that new stadium would help, but I wonder if Florida fans just don't exist.

Rich Mahogany said...

You can swallow a lot of pride for tens of millions of dollars. At least I can.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Yes, but we're mere mortals.

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Yankees lose sight of win?? I think that the Yankees already lost the sight of win and it happened long time ago, I cannot believe it actually, it saddens me deeply as a Yankee fan