Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mariners @ Yankees 5/12/12


Andy Pettitte allowed a two run home run to Justin Smoak, scoring former Yankee Jesus Montero, to put the M's up 2-0 early. 

Russell Martin drew a bases loaded walk to put the Yankees on the board, 2-1 M's. 

Casper Wells hit a two run home run off Andy Pettitte as well to make it 4-1 M's.

Andy Pettitte done after 6.2 IP allowing 4 runs.

Derek Jeter, with a single in the bottom of the 8th, hit his 3142nd career base hit. He passed Tony Gwynn and tied Robin Yount on the all time hit list. 

Rapada allows two more runs in the 9th to put the game out of reach at 6-2 Mariners. 

Yankees lose 6-2.
A Year Off... Good Or Bad?

First off I want to say Happy Mothers day to all those mothers out there reading this. To all the guys reading this with their heads in their hands right now... Shame on you, lol.

Andy Pettitte takes the mound for the Yanks today and is looking for the sweep against the Seattle Mariners in Yankee Stadium. The game will be on MLB Network and YES at 1:00 pm ET and I am sure there are plenty of other stations that will be picking it up and/or viewing the game whenever they can.

Early reports say that, as expected, David Phelps will lose his rotation spot now that Andy Pettitte has returned. Cody Eppley was sent down to make room on the 25 man roster for Andy and Mariano Rivera was moved to the 60 day DL to make room on the 40 man roster.

Let's go for that SWEEP!!!!

Here is the lineup:

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Teixeira 1B
Swisher RF
Ibanez LF
Chavez DH
Martin C

Early Returns on Trades

Pineda only looks like he's in pain, as thankfully it was just gas.

I was doing pretty good at ignoring the Montero/Noesi for Pineda/Campos trade, but the series with the Mariners this weekend brought it back into the front of my mind. It didn't help that Jesus Montero hit a home run in the first game Friday night, while the Yankees would be facing Hector Noesi in Game 2 on Saturday. My first reaction was to point out what the Yankee designated hitters had done compared to Jesus, while also pointing out Russell Martin's caught stealing percentage of 27% to Montero's 11%. But before I could even look at the numbers Noesi has put up so far in 2012, I decided to drop it.

"If he mentions my slash-line of .179/.303/.310 I will throw this ball at him"

A trip to one of the many Yankee forums I'm a part of changed that quickly. However, I decided to look at the trade a little differently. People are already judging that trade based on very early returns from the players, or lack thereof in the case of Pineda and Campos. So, after looking around at some bad trades over the years in MLB, I made this list...

  • In August of 1987 the Detroit Tigers received Doyle Alexander from the Atlanta Braves for minor league pitcher John Smoltz. In 16 starts for the Braves after the trade that season, Alexander went 9-0 with an ERA of 1.53. While John Smoltz wasn't called up to MLB until July 23rd of the following season, in which he had an ERA of 5.48 and WHIP of 1.672 in 12 starts. 
  • During the 1988 season the Boston Red Sox were looking for pitching help, and struck up a deal with the Baltimore Orioles on July 29th. The Os sent Mike Boddicker, who had an ERA of 3.73 over 180 starts, to Boston for prospects Curt Schilling and Brady Anderson. Boddicker threw 89 innings and started 14 games for the Red Sox after the deal that season, with an ERA of 2.63. Baltimore called up Schilling in early September, and Curt put up a big 9.82 ERA in his 4 starts that season. While Brady Anderson played 53 games for the Orioles in '88, hitting a sad .198/.232/.271. 
  • The Yankees traded Jay Buhner to the Seattle Mariners in July of 1988, and got Ken Phelps in return. Phelps had put up a line of .249/.392/.521 in 529 games for Seattle before being dealt, so it looked like New York was getting a fine hitter. Although Ken wasn't quite as good, he was able to give the Bombers a .224/.339/.551 triple-slash in his first 86 games. On the other side of the deal was Jay Buhner, who in his first 60 games for the Mariners hit .224/.320/.458. 
  • The date was August 30th, 1990. The Boston Red Sox were in the hunt to win the AL East, and were looking for some relief help. So they traded prospect Jeff Bagwell to the Houston Astros for reliever Larry Anderson. Anderson pitched really well for the Red Sox, giving them an ERA of 1.23 over 15 appearances, helping them win the division by 2 games over the Toronto Blue Jays (don't ask how the Yankees finished that season). That happened while Bagwell didn't debut in MLB until the next season.
  • Just prior to the trade deadline in 2002, the Cleveland Indians traded Bartolo Colon to the Montrol Expos for Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips, and Cliff Lee. After the deal Colon went 10-4 for the Expos, with an ERA of 3.31. Bartolo actually finished 6th in NL Cy Young Award voting. As for the other side of the trade, in 2002 Grady Sizemore was still in the minors, Cliff Lee didn't get called up until September 15th, and Brandon Phillips didn't get promoted to the bigs until September 13th. Sizemore was still in the minors the next season, while Lee had only started 9 games with an ERA of 3.61, and Phillips had a triple-slash of .208/.242/.311 in 112 games. 

Little-known fact... Cleveland agreed to pay for all of Colon's lunches the rest of the 2002 season, which consisted of a dozen hamburgers a day.

After reading that list, do I really need to come up with more reasons for people to be patient?