Chad Finn is guarded optimistic

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    Re: Chad Finn is guarded optimistic

    Almost every year I hope for the Yankees to age and see decline, though I never say count them out.  But this year I am more hopeful for a decline than usual.  I really think that letting Martin go and doing nothing to add a competent backstop to take his place will hurt these Yankees.  That, and the age of the stars on their pitching staff has me seriously thinking there is a possibilty of them ending up in last place for the first time.  That is something I have never thought possible in recent years.

     
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    In response to EdithBRTN's comment:

    I always enjoy reading your posts Kimmi. You should have been in the running for poster of the year.




    Thank you Pike. 

    One thing I've always appreciated about you is that you defend and support your team through thick and thin.  I much prefer that to the posts that bash the Red Sox.

     

     
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    In response to ThatWasMe's comment:

    Not sure Youk won't be able to match Arod's numbers from last season.

    Arod when he returns will more than likely be filling in as a DH or Chavez role of 2012.

    I prefer Ichiro in rf over Swisher although the homeruns will be down the defense and arm will be better and also the ability to get on base and steal.

    My concern is that Romine will not give the Yankees the same homerun production that Martin did. And Cervelli though has a history of delivering big hits plays terrible defense.

    CC, Kuroda, AP, Hughes, Nova, Phelps, Pineda.

     

    I think Youk will be able to match Arod's numbers from last year.  I know a lot of people think he is finished, but I would have taken him back to play 1B on a one year deal in a heartbeat.  It will be hard to watch him playing for the Yanks.

    I don't know much about Romine, but if he's a good defensive catcher, that would be more important to me than whether he can match Martin's HR production. 

    The Yankees will be right in the middle of the dog fight this season as well.   Many people are writing them off this season, but I can't bring myself to do that.  I'll keep hoping that age finally does catch up with them though.  :-)

     
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    Not sure Youk won't be able to match Arod's numbers from last season.

    Arod when he returns will more than likely be filling in as a DH or Chavez role of 2012.

    I prefer Ichiro in rf over Swisher although the homeruns will be down the defense and arm will be better and also the ability to get on base and steal.

    My concern is that Romine will not give the Yankees the same homerun production that Martin did. And Cervelli though has a history of delivering big hits plays terrible defense.

    CC, Kuroda, AP, Hughes, Nova, Phelps, Pineda.

     

    I think Youk will be able to match Arod's numbers from last year.  I know a lot of people think he is finished, but I would have taken him back to play 1B on a one year deal in a heartbeat.  It will be hard to watch him playing for the Yanks.

    I don't know much about Romine, but if he's a good defensive catcher, that would be more important to me than whether he can match Martin's HR production. 

    The Yankees will be right in the middle of the dog fight this season as well.   Many people are writing them off this season, but I can't bring myself to do that.  I'll keep hoping that age finally does catch up with them though.  :-)




    Kimmi, They had some key injuries last season, all teams do.

    Romine played very well in the AFL, I guess they think it's time for him to be given a shot.

    They have a few pitching prospects that could be up this season but most of the good prospects that are position players, the good ones anyway it looks like 2014.

    Sanchez, Mason Williams, Tyler Austin and Slade Heathcott.

     
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    The Bullpen is better. 

     

     
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    In response to EdithBRTN's comment:

    In response to RedSoxKimmi's comment:

    "I agree, kind of. I don't think the ALE is beastly in terms of 95-win teams, but it could have 5 teams with 80+ wins.

    • NYY-95 Py wins-lost Martin, Swisher, Chavez, and a slight downgrade from ARod to Youk.
    • BA-82 Py wins-lost Reynolds
    • TB-95 Py wins-Lost Upton and Shields

    It's almost impossible to judge TO and RS with all the changes, but on an individual basis, none of these teams should have an under/over higher than 91."

    I pretty much agree also.  I don't see any team necessarily built to dominate or run away with the division.  As Space said, it's going to be a dog fight, and the RS will be right in the middle of it.

    FWIW, some very early projections from Cairo that I've seen for this year's standings have the Jays winning 86 games, the Yanks and Rays winning 85, and the Sox winning 84, with a roughly 36% chance of making the playoffs.  Incidentally, there is no love for the Os, who are projected to win just 73 games this year.

    More for fun than anything else, but at least it gives us an idea of what the earliest computer models are saying.

    Nice article by Finn.

     




    I always enjoy reading your posts Kimmi. You should have been in the running for poster of the year.



    I agree.

    RedSoxKimmi is one of the better posters here.

    Definitely should've been considered.

     
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    Thank you FourBs.

    You're a sweetheart.  :-)

     

     

     
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    In response to RedSoxKimmi's comment:

    Thank you FourBs.

    You're a sweetheart.  :-)

     

     

    oh knock it off......even though i agree with 4B's :-)


     
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    In response to RedSoxKimmi's comment:

    Thank you FourBs.

    You're a sweetheart.  :-)

     

     

    oh knock it off......even though i agree with 4B's :-)


    LOL

    Don't listen to him, Kimmi!

     

     
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    Re: Chad Finn is guarded optimistic

    Don't be fooled by TB's loss of Shields, Davis and Upton. They have the depth and ever-replenishing farm system to be highly competitive agin this year.

    The Jays will be better: much better, but they still have some weaknesses and may take a while to gel.

    The O's may not be the one-year wonders many here seem to think they were in 2012.

    The Yanks are the Yanks and will still be right up there at year's end.

    It won't be easy for the Sox to crack the top 3 in the division, let alone earn a wild card slot. We will need a lot of things to all go right at the same time. Not impossible, but highly unlikely in my opinion.

     
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    Re: Chad Finn is guarded optimistic

    In response to Softlaw1's comment:

    Didn't the Yankees win the division, again, last year? Seems like every year the AL East talk is about some other team. I'd say that until other teams end the Yankee division dominance then it's best not to mention that the Yankees are old and are going to break down and the Jays, Rays and O's are all going to be better.



    I agree Softy.  I say it every year when the inevitable "The Yankees are washed up" projections bubble up.  The Yankees have been built to handle the AL East for a long time, and they still are.  That being said, the gap has closed considerably and they have changed status from "undisputed perennial king of the hill" to "not looking great but still perennial division top dogs until preoven otherwise".

    But one thing I will never do is insert foot into mouth about the Yankees not contending.

     
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    That being said, the gap has closed considerably and they have changed status from "undisputed perennial king of the hill" to "not looking great but still perennial division top dogs until preoven otherwise".

    Yankees won 95 games and won the division, again. Gap hasn't been narrowed from my perception. Unfortuantely, the gap has been destroyed between the Red Sox and the grossly inferior to the Yankees other division teams in Baltimore, Toronto and Tampa Bay.

    Cashman is one of the most underrated GM's of all-time, because the Yankees have a massive big market payroll and only have the one title in 2009 over the last decade or so. But to dominate the AL East is a true testament to Cashman's capability to make Big Labor acquisition, divorce/write-off and retention decisions. 



    Cashman is a very good GM.  Very tough job.

     
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    My point, in taking that player-by-player spin through what the 25-man roster looks like roughly six weeks before pitchers and catchers report, was that Ben Cherington's free-agency repair work has at the very least given them legitimate major league depth.

    Exaggerating the importance of this may not be possible. In bringing in the likes of Shane Victorino, Stephen Drew, Ryan Dempster, David Ross, Joel Hanrahan, Koji Uehara, and eventually Mike Napoli, at the very least they've acquired proven competence. 

    The Red Sox were five games over .500 on July 1. They were at .500 at the All-Star break. There reasonable was hope of a hot streak, of legitimate playoff contention. But the injuries never ceased and the hot streak never came. Jon Lester was chronically ineffective in by far the worst season of his fine career, Jacoby Ellsbury had a prolonged recovery from his second high-impact injury in three seasons, and Dustin Pedroia's numbers suffered when he tried to play through a hand injury.

    Under-performance was a factor, but it was injuries that destroyed them. The Red Sox used a franchise-record 56 players, required 42 transactions involving the disabled list, and lost nearly 1,500 total player-games to injury.

    David Ortiz, one of two major league hitters with an OPS over 1.000 in more than 350 plate appearances last season, played one game after July 16. The Red Sox were 22-49 in his absence. Will Middlebrooks, the slugging rookie third baseman, played his last game Aug. 10. The Red Sox were 13-35 thereafter.

    Bobby Valentine's remark that he had the worst roster in the history of baseball in September was snide, typical, and unnecessary, but let's just say the Red Sox' 16-42 record after Aug. 1, with a -109 run-differential, was a reasonably accurate representation of the talent they were putting on the field.

    The 2013 Red Sox need John Farrell to help Lester find his form. They need Ellsbury, the best position player in the AL two years ago, to avoid collisions at all costs. They need Pedroia to ... well, to be himself, though it wouldn't hurt if he took a maintenance day from time to time. They're counting on the return to form of previously accomplished, trustworthy players, they're counting on a deep and versatile bullpen to prevent them from going 17-22 in one-run games and 2-10 in extra innings again, and they're counting on the influx of proven if imperfect veterans to be at least competent in supporting roles. It's not flashy, but it makes all the sense in the world.

    Oh, and one more thing: Bobby Valentine's no longer around to continuously show off his patented parlor trick of making everything worse. Wouldn't you say that alone is reason enough to know that 2013 is going to be much better?




    Go Chad Finn! Nice to see one of the writers take a stand amid all the doom and gloom boring BS.

     
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    Re: Chad Finn is guarded optimistic

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    How many dumb posts can you start Pike?



    This is getting beyond stupid.  If you don't like it, don't read it.  Every single thread is evolving into Edith deciding who belongs and who doesn't, and you responding to Edith, but not the post.  One of you two has to grow up.



    All I did was to copy and paste a Chad Finn article and the troll Ben Cheringtom comes in with his stupid one-liner. I suggest that you put BC on mental ignore like I have. I've reported him for spamming but he's still here. I guess that the rest of the forum finds him amusing - especially Babe, Carnie, and Enchilada.



    On this thread, you're fine.  But on a lot of other threads, it turns into a pi$$ing war, with you and BC in the middle of it.




    I'm in the middle of it as well. And contrary to Yankee trolls and their pal's opinions, Pike and I are not the same poster. Nor do we know each other off this board.

    The off-season is the worst time here for Sox fans, and I'm not talking about anyone's opinion about how much the team is getting done. It's a free-for-all of Yankee trolls here and numerous aliases that just behave the same way. I don't believe the blame should be thrown around. If trolls start the mess, they are responsible for the mess. I don't believe anyone here is trolling a Yankee board in the off-season -- or the regular season for that matter. It's not normal, and the people doing it are not normal.

    Ever go to a Sox/Yankee game at Yankee stadium? There are fights going on throughout the game. I once saw 10 different fights during a game there. In every instance they escorted the Sox fans out while the Yankee fans cheered. Doesn't matter who was responsible, you were in their house. It's waaaay more clear on an Internet forum where Sox fans post, and still the Sox fans are to blame. That's nonsense. Trolls are known throughout the Internet. This is the only place where people still make excuses for them. If these were Sox fans, they wouldn't last a day on a Yankee forum. No way they're putting up with this crap on their boards.

     
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    In response to kimsaysthis's comment:

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    How many dumb posts can you start Pike?



    This is getting beyond stupid.  If you don't like it, don't read it.  Every single thread is evolving into Edith deciding who belongs and who doesn't, and you responding to Edith, but not the post.  One of you two has to grow up.



    All I did was to copy and paste a Chad Finn article and the troll Ben Cheringtom comes in with his stupid one-liner. I suggest that you put BC on mental ignore like I have. I've reported him for spamming but he's still here. I guess that the rest of the forum finds him amusing - especially Babe, Carnie, and Enchilada.



    On this thread, you're fine.  But on a lot of other threads, it turns into a pi$$ing war, with you and BC in the middle of it.




    I'm in the middle of it as well. And contrary to Yankee trolls and their pal's opinions, Pike and I are not the same poster. Nor do we know each other off this board.

    The off-season is the worst time here for Sox fans, and I'm not talking about anyone's opinion about how much the team is getting done. It's a free-for-all of Yankee trolls here and numerous aliases that just behave the same way. I don't believe the blame should be thrown around. If trolls start the mess, they are responsible for the mess. I don't believe anyone here is trolling a Yankee board in the off-season -- or the regular season for that matter. It's not normal, and the people doing it are not normal.

    Ever go to a Sox/Yankee game at Yankee stadium? There are fights going on throughout the game. I once saw 10 different fights during a game there. In every instance they escorted the Sox fans out while the Yankee fans cheered. Doesn't matter who was responsible, you were in their house. It's waaaay more clear on an Internet forum where Sox fans post, and still the Sox fans are to blame. That's nonsense. Trolls are known throughout the Internet. This is the only place where people still make excuses for them. If these were Sox fans, they wouldn't last a day on a Yankee forum. No way they're putting up with this crap on their boards.




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