A Realistic View at 2013: Part II

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    It's early, and the sample size is tiny, but look at these OBPs after 2 games (WOW!):

    Nava   .800

    Salty    .600

    Gomes .600

    Iggy    .556

    JBJ      .500

    Ells      .455

    SV       .364

    Pedey .364

    Midds  .200

    Naps   .100

     

     

    I'm not bragging after just 2 games, but I did say that a Nava-Gomes platoon in LF might make that position the best OBP position on the team.

    JBJ is out there to start the season, but Gomes vs LHPs and Nava vs RHPs can really put up some great numbers: DH, LF or wherever!

     



    even SV is putting up numbers bs RHP and salty is doing good VS LHP

     



    So far-so good.

    I never thought our offense would be an issue, but this is nice so far without Papi and Drew helping the offense.

    Good to see Lester and Buch start strong. The confidence level is growing.

     
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    It's early, and the sample size is tiny, but look at these OBPs after 2 games (WOW!):

    Nava   .800

    Salty    .600

    Gomes .600

    Iggy    .556

    JBJ      .500

    Ells      .455

    SV       .364

    Pedey .364

    Midds  .200

    Naps   .100

     

     

    I'm not bragging after just 2 games, but I did say that a Nava-Gomes platoon in LF might make that position the best OBP position on the team.

    JBJ is out there to start the season, but Gomes vs LHPs and Nava vs RHPs can really put up some great numbers: DH, LF or wherever!

     



    even SV is putting up numbers bs RHP and salty is doing good VS LHP

     

     



    So far-so good.

     

    I never thought our offense would be an issue, but this is nice so far without Papi and Drew helping the offense.

    Good to see Lester and Buch start strong. The confidence level is growing.

    let's hope dempster keeps it going!

    we are facing OMAR pettite tomorrow so i am not really worried lol maybe Ells will steal home against him again!!!!

     
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    Sakty looked good behind the plate tonight.  Seemed to be framing the pitches pretty good and giving encouragement to Buch and all that.

     
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    Sakty looked good behind the plate tonight.  Seemed to be framing the pitches pretty good and giving encouragement to Buch and all that.



    OK at the plate. 2 bad Ks but 2 good hits. 1 RBI and a run scored. not too shabby for the salt man

     
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    Roy Halladay with 9 Ks in 10 outs tonight. Where are all the posters who value K's so very much?

     
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    Roy Halladay with 9 Ks in 10 outs tonight. Where are all the posters who value K's so very much?

     



    i value doc Halladay.....

    close enough?

     
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    moon any plays tonight drew would not have made?? i didn't see any.

     
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    moon any plays tonight drew would not have made?? i didn't see any.



    There was one sure fire play Iggy made that Drew only dreams of making, but Naps did not snag the grounder throw by Iggy, and they wrongly ruled it a hit.

     
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    moon any plays tonight drew would not have made?? i didn't see any.

     



    There was one sure fire play Iggy made that Drew only dreams of making, but Naps did not snag the grounder throw by Iggy, and they wrongly ruled it a hit.

     



    the DP ball?

     
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    Boom, during ST it seemed obvious they had a lot in the pen, but now I'm nervous about trading anyone at mid year.  Maybe if we're out of it, but if not, one or two sudden injuries and our strength could disappear.  If Bard finds himself and could be his former self, then I would be ok with trading him or someone else.  I'm even a little nervous about trading Aceves because he can take on multiple roles, but if he goes, I think Taz can be him.

    Salty was crazy about the low outside pitch last summer.  If he can overcome that it will solve about 90% of his problems.

    2-0.  I'd forgotten what it felt like to start the year like that.  Have we got a bunch of scrappy dirt dogs here?  If this goes well and Ells likes his new mates, anyone think there's a chance he wants to stay?

     
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    Man, two games into the season and I'm on a natural dopamine rush!

    The attitude is totally different than last year...I mean totally.

    Something the wife noticed which was interesting is the fact that our players this year giving the stand up or slide signals on players coming in from third.  I remember distinctly last year some players(I can't remember who) just standing there and not motioning anything.  At the time, I thought it was a very negative attitude to have.

    The reaction of the dugout after WM flied real deep to center was also great.

    In essence, it's great to see the cohesiveness.  I just hope it all continues during losing streaks.  It's a long season.

    I hope some of this attitude rubs off on Aceves.  I want to give him the benefit of the doubt, but I wouldn't want to see a rotten apple, attitude-wise, contaminate the whole barrel.

     
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    moon any plays tonight drew would not have made?? i didn't see any.

     



    There was one sure fire play Iggy made that Drew only dreams of making, but Naps did not snag the grounder throw by Iggy, and they wrongly ruled it a hit.

     

     



    the DP ball?

     



    NO, Iggy dove, got up, and threw an easy grounder to Naps, who muffed it. It was a slow runner who would have been out.

     
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    moon any plays tonight drew would not have made?? i didn't see any.

     



    There was one sure fire play Iggy made that Drew only dreams of making, but Naps did not snag the grounder throw by Iggy, and they wrongly ruled it a hit.

     

     



    the DP ball?

     

     



    NO, Iggy dove, got up, and threw an easy grounder to Naps, who muffed it. It was a slow runner who would have been out.

     



    what inning? i must have missed it. the closes tthing i can remember is that Iggy dove for the ball, flipped it to PD who threw it to Naps and he missed the dig.

     
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    Crawford went 3-4 tonight for the Dodgers.  The guy really seems to thrive in a non-pressure situation.

    I know he didn't do well for us, but I think his intentions were honerable.  I wish him the best.

     
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    moon any plays tonight drew would not have made?? i didn't see any.

     



    There was one sure fire play Iggy made that Drew only dreams of making, but Naps did not snag the grounder throw by Iggy, and they wrongly ruled it a hit.

     

     



    the DP ball?

     

     



    NO, Iggy dove, got up, and threw an easy grounder to Naps, who muffed it. It was a slow runner who would have been out.

     



    It was so cold out there several guys were just mailing it in defensively. The ground was hard. A little more concentration and Iggy could easily have made that throw but no doubt the conditions were awful. Nunez was doing the same thing.

     
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    Crit, I think you are correct in that their intentions are to just have a solid pen but this situation does position us with several proven closers. My gut tells me that by year end one of them may be of such value that a deal is available. Then again, if we are on our way to the playoffs a trade probably doesn't occur. We do have some depth still in the minors though. De La Rosa, Bard, Workman, Wilson. By year end possibly Barnes and Webster if necessary.

    I think Bailey looks like our stud right now. He and Hanrahan are proven closers. Then Tazawa and Uehara are extremely solid. If the deal is right and Bard or De Larosa step up, I think we should at least consider trading one of the closers if the deal is outstanding. In a time of extreme need, a team like Detroit, which is positioned to win this year, will part with some outstanding talent for a proven closer. I'm talking mid year. I do agree though that if we ar in the hunt, as I suspect we will be, that we will probably not do it.

    I like how Tampa operates. Sometimes it is good to move a veteran of value for some promising young studs. We are not Tampa Bay in terms of money but I think a hybrid of that is our future. Almost every team's future if done ideally.

    Look at New York. They can't go out and buy players like they used to. To a degree, those days are over. Of course they will still get the pick of the litter for what talent is out there but CC Sabathia types are not coming down the FA turnpike any time soon. The top position players are harder to sign now also. Teams are locking up their best players. 

     
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    To me, top prospects are of more value now. Especially top pitching prospects. Starting pitching prospects. But also guys like Harper and Trout. Middle of the order bats under control in their prime for 6 years.

    Bradley is like a dagger in the heart to Yankee fans. Imagine what it would be if we had Harper or Trout. Game changer baby. It would be a huge problem for the Yanks. Bradley, Iglesias, Bogaerts, Middlebrooks etc...are tough to compete against. I don't see that happening for the Yanks. Right now.

    The emergence of great young talent is what now creates the top teams. It's the biggest factor at least. To me. 

     
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    Personally, even when Granderson et al come back, the Yanks will have a tough time competing this year IMO. They can't expect Jeter to keep hitting .300 or be good defensively. Arod is now an albatross they don't even want in the dugout. I'm not projecting their pen to be that good. They can't expect that all their starters will be relatively healthy, again. Kuroda and Petitte are still aging. Sabathia's velocity is down. And they may well be 10 games out at the break, or more. This is an ugly team right now.

    Quote me. I'm not worried about the Yanks this year. We have more reason to be worried about the other teams in the division. The Yanks are going to get pounded on early in the year. Particularly against AL East opponents in the next few weeks. And there is nothing they can do about it.

    I say put the dagger into the heart as soon as possible.

     
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    When Jeter does come back he might be DH'ing.

     
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    Back to Salty...if his defence & CERA is much improved this year, moon gets some big points for repeatedly pointing out that Varitek took a few years to be good in those areas.   

     
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    I'm still not at all sold on anything Salty does besides hit HR. He is a likeable guy though and easy to root for.

    You know what I noticed most in yesterday's game. Bradley swinging a big cut though the pitch, intentionally trying to miss in order to impede the catchers throw on Victorino's steal.

    The kid is the biggest team player we have seen in years. Willing to ground out to 2nd to move the runner. Willing to run out every play to the best of his ability. Doing everything he can to win.

    The black Dustin Pedroia.

     
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    moon any plays tonight drew would not have made?? i didn't see any.

     



    There was one sure fire play Iggy made that Drew only dreams of making, but Naps did not snag the grounder throw by Iggy, and they wrongly ruled it a hit.

     

     



    the DP ball?

     

     



    NO, Iggy dove, got up, and threw an easy grounder to Naps, who muffed it. It was a slow runner who would have been out.

     

     



    It was so cold out there several guys were just mailing it in defensively. The ground was hard. A little more concentration and Iggy could easily have made that throw but no doubt the conditions were awful. Nunez was doing the same thing.

     



    The throw could have been better, but should have been caught for the out.

     
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    Personally, even when Granderson et al come back, the Yanks will have a tough time competing this year IMO. They can't expect Jeter to keep hitting .300 or be good defensively. Arod is now an albatross they don't even want in the dugout. I'm not projecting their pen to be that good. They can't expect that all their starters will be relatively healthy, again. Kuroda and Petitte are still aging. Sabathia's velocity is down. And they may well be 10 games out at the break, or more. This is an ugly team right now.

    Quote me. I'm not worried about the Yanks this year. We have more reason to be worried about the other teams in the division. The Yanks are going to get pounded on early in the year. Particularly against AL East opponents in the next few weeks. And there is nothing they can do about it.

    I say put the dagger into the heart as soon as possible.



    I've been expecting age to catch up to the Yanks for 2-3 years. I'm not sure they can be counted out just yet. I see them being in the playoff hunt right to the last week, at worst.

     
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    Back to Salty...if his defence & CERA is much improved this year, moon gets some big points for repeatedly pointing out that Varitek took a few years to be good in those areas.   



    From April 25, 2012 until he was basically removed from the FT job to give Lava a long look, Salty had really improved his CERA, PB, WP and almost every area of catching defense, except CS%, which happens to be the one stat many fans cling to in order to judge a catcher's defense. I'm not sure if Salty will continue to improve, of if he improved enough already. It's hard to know how much of the poor 2012 numbers were related to the catcher CERA related issues, or if our staff just plain stunk up the place for most of the year.

    I think Salty has clearly improved his blocking poor pitches skills, he seems more confident about varying pitch types and locations, and he seems like he has a better relationship with the pitchers on the mound.

    I'm hoping he continues to take more pitches on offense. He chased a few bad pitches last night, but he looked pretty good the other PAs this year- small sample size not withstanding.

     
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