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Yankees (50-31) at Athletics (41-42)

Pitching Matchup 

RHP Javier Vazquez (6-7, 5.11) vs RHP Ben Sheets (3-7, 4.98)


Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher DH
Granderson CF
Cervelli C
Curtis RF (more…)

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The Yankees open up a three-game series tonight against the Oakland Athletics in California. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Mon: RHP Javier Vazquez (6-7, 5.11) vs RHP Ben Sheets (3-7, 4.98)

Tues: LHP C.C. Sabathia (10-3, 3.33) vs RHP Trevor Cahill (8-2, 2.74)

Wed: RHP A.J. Burnett (6-7, 4.90) vs LHP Gio Gonzalez (7-5, 3.50)

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  Phil Hughes #65 Of The New York Yankees Pitches

In a word…nothing. Much like everyone else, I was wondering if Phil Hughes recent struggles are endemic to something we should panic over. So, I decided to do a little statistical research by comparing Hughes this year to the age 24 seasons of five of the best fastball/curveball right-handed starters from the past decade. The reason is semi-obvious, I hope: Hughes is predominantly fastball/ curveball, so it seems best to compare him to other pitchers with a similar repertoire at the same age. I didn’t want to dig too far into history, since comparing Hughes with Nolan Ryan, Walter Johnson or Tom Seaver wouldn’t be fair. Besides the fact that they are all Hall-of-Famers, they pitched in different eras. (Though it would be nice to think that in 15 years we’ll be talking about Hughes in the same vein!).

I chose 5 pretty good pitchers: Roy Oswalt, Ben Sheets, Roy Halladay, Jake Peavy and A.J. Burnett. Let’s face it, any team that had those five in their starting rotation would be the odds on favorite to win their division and go deep into October. For you math geeks, I extrapolated everything to a 162 game season to make comparisons fair. See the chart below for comparisons. (more…)

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  Phil Hughes Of The New York Yankees DeliversYankees (10-3) vs Oakland A’s (9-6)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Phil Hughes (1-0, 3.60) vs. RHP Ben Sheets (1-0, 2.65)


Jeter SS
Johnson DH
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Granderson CF
Winn RF
Gardner LF (more…)

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The Yankees will open up a new series against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Tue: RHP Javier Vazquez (0-2, 9.82) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 3.38)

Wed: RHP Phil Hughes (1-0, 3.60) vs. RHP Ben Sheets (1-0, 2.65)

Thurs: LHP C.C. Sabathia (2-0, 2.84) vs. LHP Dallas Braden (2-0, 2.70)

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Prior to AJ Burnett signing with the Yankees, there was one enormous caveat to his upside, and we’re not talking his wildness, but rather his tendency to be injury prone. 2008 and 2009 was the first consecutive years in AJ’s career where he started 30+ games and pitched 200+ innings. His previously logged seasons were in terms of Games and Innings:

2001: 27 G, 173.1 Innings   2002: 31 G, 204.1 Innings
2003: 4 G, 23.0 Innings   2004: 20 G, 120.0 Innings
2005: 32 G, 209.0 Innings   2006: 21 G, 135.2 Innings
2007: 25 G, 165.2 Innings   2008: 35 G, 221.1 Innings
2009: 33 G, 207.0 Innings 
(bolded items denotes injury filled years) (more…)

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UPDATE: Buster Olney reports that the Yankees are intent on adding a pitcher tonight and reminds us that they were close in a deal for Aaron Harang in the summer…


Mike Puma of the New York Post has indicated that a vague Major League Baseball source has indicated that Brian Cashman will forgo celebrating the holidays and sign a starter by New Years Day.

Cashman has supposedly inquired about the availability of Carlos Zambrano, but seemed to be turned off the high price of acquiring him. Also, he might not be able to fit within Hal Steinbrenner’s concrete budget. While having Zambrano on the Yanks would be outstanding, he does seem like an enigma at times and lets his emotions get too much of himself at times. However, I would not turn him away if he showed up at the stadium to play for the Yankees.

Puma indicated there was a increased sense of urgency to add another pitcher after the Red Sox signed Lackey to a five year deal. Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t pitching Cashman’s primary concern going into the offseason?

Puma’s speculative targets are Jason Marquis, Joel Pineiro and Ben Sheets. However, Ken Davidoff of Newsday talked to “a person in the Yankees’ loop” who said Sheets is “not even on the board” currently. This is kind of surprising, but then again Sheets has a high price ($12MM), but I don’t see the Yankees going after Marquis (NL Lifer) and Pineiro (Just Don’t See It). I guess Justin Duchscherer is not on their radar too? After these names, the free agent market is kind of thin….

UPDATE: Cross Jason Marquis off the list, he is signing with the Nationals.

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Hal Steinbrenner has told GM Brian Cashman that the budget he gave him (less than $201 million) is set in concrete and won’t be changed. Cashman has said he would never close doors and Steinbrenner has said he would always listen.What has happened here is that Steinbrenner is now hard of hearing and Cashman is now standing in the door he swore never to slam close a very very cold man…

So at this point in time that means everyone can stop fantasizing about Matt Holliday or Jason Bay wearing pinstripes. This also makes sense why the Yankees didn’t really ‘pursue’ John Lackey like some of us thought they might.

Cashman at this point in time will continue looking for another starting pitcher as he found his new DH, Nick Johnson. One has to think that Cashman will look at Justin Duchscherer or Ben Sheets. At this point in time Ben Sheets’ asking price is a little high at $12MM, which I feel will come down quick as I don’t think anyone wants to spend that much money on a walking injury risk.

One has to wonder if George Steinbrenner was still in charge if he would have set his budget in concrete. Me? I don’t think so. George would be enamored with Bay after his exploits in Boston and would want to stick it to them much like when Damon left Boston for New York. Should be interesting this year if the Yankees are underachieving and if Hal calls for the Yankees to put on more payroll via trades in July or earlier…

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I’m guessing when they say pitching it might be Justin Duschscherer or Ben Sheets. Hopefully Sheets will lower his asking price and the Yankees can get him for a steal. Also, it seems as Damon is realizing he might want to wear pinstripes next year, but I don’t think he’ll come down low enough for the Yankees to agree. I guess we’ll see Damon in another uniform next year. Mark DeRosa? I’d rather not get older. Am I right?

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From MLB Trade Rumors:

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears that the Yankees are “very interested” in Ben Sheets, though they don’t believe the righty is in a hurry to sign. When the Yanks met with agent Casey Close at the Winter Meetings, it became apparent that they had some interest in Sheets, in spite of suggestions that he could seek $12MM per season (quite an ambitious target, in my opinion).

Now that the Red Sox have agreed to terms with John Lackey, it may be the Yankees’ turn to add a former All Star of their own.

Let’s face the facts here. The Yankees don’t “need” anybody to compete this year. After all, they are the defending World Champions. If the Yankees brought back everyone from last year, they would probably be just fine. The fact is…we want to ease our own pain, because we are always expecting the organization to go after the top of the line players and we can’t let the Red Sox show us up. With Halladay and Lackey off the boards, we are looking for the next best thing.

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Update 2:22PM ET:  From MLB Trade Rumors:

11:56am: Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies have agreed to an extension with Halladay.

10:00am: Rosenthal hears there’s a chance for a fourth year. It’s still under discussion, but it could be guaranteed and it could be a vesting option.


Oh boy. Everyone on our holiday wish list is disappearing…

Jon Heyman reports:

3-way trade agreed to with halladay going to phils, cliff lee to mariners. phils trying to lock up roy now.

Update:4:45PM ET: Toronto getting Phillippe Aumont and Dominic Brown

As Mike Francesa just said, this makes the Mets done for the season. I can’t believe it. Now where do the Yankees go for another starting pitcher? I guess the Yankees will have more interest in Ben Sheets and Justin Duchscherer now.

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Update: 3:10PMET: Jon Heyman reports: “lackey a great move for #redsox. sources say it’s about $85 mil for 5. good job by @ed_price at AOL Fanhouse”
This takes the Red Sox out of the Halladay race for sure. The only question now is…how involved are the Yankees in the Doc Halladay sweepstakes?
Free-agent right-hander John Lackey underwent a physical Monday with the Red Sox, an indication that he is close to an agreement with the team, according to a major-league source.

The deal is expected to be similar to the five-year, $82.5 million contract that the Yankees awarded free-agent right-hander A.J. Burnett last winter.

This really changes everything. You know damn well that the Yankees can’t lay low and do nothing now. This ends all hope of him coming to the Yankees, so the Roy Halladay door just swung right open.

From Mark Feinsand of the Daily News: 

While Cashman continues to monitor the Roy Halladay situation in Toronto, the general manager is looking at a couple of pitchers coming back from arm surgery: Justin Duchscherer and Ben Sheets.

I guess a player like Jason Marquis and Joel Pineiro won’t do the trick anymore. 

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