Look what people have to say about Larry Mahnken's commentary!
"Larry, can you be any more of a Yankee apologist?.... Just look past your Yankee myopia and try some objectivity." - Bernal Diaz
"Mr. Mahnken is enlightened." - cordially, as always,
"Wow, Larry. You've produced 25% of the comments on this thread and
said nothing meaningful. That's impressive, even for you." - Anonymous
"After reading all your postings and daily weblog...I believe you have truly become the Phil Pepe of this generation. Now this is not necessarily a good thing." - Repoz
"you blog sucks, it reeds as it was written by the queer son of mike lupica and roids clemens. i could write a better column by letting a monkey fuk a typewriter. i dont need no 181 million dollar team to write a blog fukkk the spankeees" - yan
"i think his followers have a different sexual preference than most men" - bob
"Boring and predictable." - No Guru No Method
"Are you the biggest idiot ever?" - Randal
"I'm not qualified to write for online media, let alone mainstream
media." - Larry Mahnken
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"It's possible he'll be back this year," Cashman said. "But it's premature to say until he has the surgery tomorrow. If everything goes perfect, it is conceivable to have him back some time in September. I wouldn't give up hope on that, but more likely it's next year."
Oh, fuck. The Yankees need to go out an get a quality arm, and they're probably going to have to pay a premium for him.
Trade possibilities include Jason Grimsley (Royals), Kelvim Escobar (Blue Jays), Buddy Groom (Orioles), David Weathers (Mets), Ugueth Urbina (Rangers) and the Marlins' Braden Looper and Armando Almanza.
Taking a look at Michael Wolverton's Reliever ratings so far this season, David Weathers and Armando Almanza seem like the best options of the group--which probably means that they'll trade for Escobar or Urbina.
The Yankees are rated the 10th worst bullpen in baseball by Wolverton's rankings, though if you take out Juan Acevedo, they're in the top half. The Yankees don't need to have a great bullpen, they just need a decent bullpen, one that you can turn to in a close game and still feel you have a good shot to win. With the strength of their offense and rotation, that should be enough. And for that, they need at least two more decent pitchers. Hopefully Contreras can turn into one, and Hitchcock has looked like one so far. Adding a good arm can only help, as long as Torre doesn't keep giving the ball to Acevedo.
Last night...yeah, sorry I didn't write after the game. I had to go see about a girl. But last night was a relief, they finally put some runs on the board against a decent pitcher, something they haven't done in a couple of weeks (unless you count Sele, who they've always hit anyway). But I don't think they're out of their slump yet, and I think they'll lost tonight, or at least not put more than 2 runs on the board. It is Pedro...
Soriano walked twice last night, although they weren't really that tough to draw. Lately it seems he's gone back to his free swinging ways as he's trying to get out of a slump. Hopefully he'll regain some of that discipline he showed in the first month when he starts hitting again. --posted at 3:48 PM by Larry Mahnken / |