Aug 16, 2006

Friday vs. Angels

What the hell are the Angels called now? They're like an eastern European country. They change their name every few years.

Ok, so I'm watching Friday night's game, and Kay just gave a dubious but unsurprising stat on Arod: he's 2nd to last in all of baseball in getting a runner in from 3rd with less than 2 outs (40%). Only Michael Cuddyer of the Twins is worse (38%). You cant expect to beat good teams when the cleanup hitter cant drive runs in (and leads the league in errors).

Is it too early to think about trading Arod this offseason? If he has another poor October (if the Yanks make it), why not trade him? Maybe for some young pitchers?

Who would take him? Maybe the Dodgers, Angels, Giants, Cubs, Cards perhaps? The only teams that could afford him (outside of Boston, the Mets, Seattle & Texas for obvious reasons).

I've had the idea of signing back Soriano to play 2nd, moving Cano to 3rd (his position in the minors) or even Sheffield (also his former position), and trading Arod for help elsewhere, i.e. pitching.

Even my father-in-law, a huge Yankee fan, who's about as even-keeled as sports fans go, is getting very down on Arod. After Thursday's 5-4 loss to Chicago (when Arod made that huge error, and failed twice at getting the guy home from 3rd with less than 2 outs) he said that you can never blame a loss on one player, but that's as close to it as he's ever seen. He's been watching since the 50s, so he definitely knows. And he's dead on.

Another dominating outing from Phil Hughes: 5 ip, 0 r, 2 h, 2 bb, 9 k!

Why is he still in AA?

Sunday August 13, 2006 - 11:27pm (EDT)

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