Tonight at 10:05 pm (Eastern time), the Yankees take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (translation: The Angels Angels of Anaheim). The Yankees took 2 out of 3 (4th game was postoned, I had tickets for it of course) from the Angels back in May, but the Angels are a different team now. They are back to solid fundamental baseball, and are only a half game behind Texas for first in the AL west. The Yankees will send Joba Chamberlain out to the hill, as he tries to get his stuff together (*hint – throw strikes* I know he’s trying, but it’s not working). The Yankees will be opposed by southpaw Joe Saunders, and they send out the following lineup via PeteAbe to face him:
DH Derek Jeter
LF Johnny Damon
1B Mark Teixeira – returning to a place where he says he loved playing, hopefully no boos
3B Alex Rodriguez
RF Nick Swisher
2B Robinson Cano
CF Melky Cabrera
SS Cody Ransom – I miss Ramiro Pena
C Jose Molina – making his first start since coming back from the injury, hopefully he can straighten out Joba
And the aforementioned Joba Chamberlain toes the rubber
Mark Melancon has been called up from AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre. The reason he was called up was that the entire bullpen, except for Bruney and Tomko, was used yesterday. There has been no official word on who was sent down, but PeteAbe says Albaladejo is not getting dressed, so it’s probably him. I would really have liked to see Hughes sent down so he can stretch out in Scranton’s rotation, and then come back up after the All Star break and go into the rotation, it’s not happening though.
What’s going on?
There have been two terrible trades made in baseball today, luckily not concerning the Yankees. The first one was the Royals trading their top pitching prospect, Danny Cortes, and a single A pitcher for Yuniesky Betancourt of the Mariners. What were the Royals thinking? Betancourt was hitting .250 with an OBP of .278 earlier this season, and he is currently on the DL. I don’t get it. But wait, there’s more…the Mets traded Ryan Church to the Braves for Jeff Francouer. I’m not joking. The Mets gave away a guy who is hitting .280 with an OBP of .333, who can also play center (a position they need), for a guy who a guy who is hitting .250 with an OBP of .282, who can only play right field. I’m not sure which trade is worse, probably the Royals because they gave up so much. Your thoughts?
Hypothetically speaking of course
If you were the GM of the New York Yankees, and you had to trade one of either Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain, who would you trade? My heart tells me to trade Joba, because I love Hughes (while I still love Joba too), while my brain tells me trade Hughes because Joba projects to be a better starter. I don’t really know who I’d trade, how about you? Please feel free to comment.
It’s official, Albaladejo sent down.