Off Day Musings (2nd Edition)

It’s been a while…

State of the Yankees

  • Since June 8th, the Yankees have gone 10-5 against the Orioles, Astros, Phillies, Mets, and Diamondbacks.
  • The Yankees are in first place in the AL East with Boston and Tampa Bay tied for second place at 2.5 games behind the Yankees.
  • The Yankees have the best record in baseball at 45-27. That’s a .625 winning percentage and at this rate the Yankees would win about 101 games.

Brackman Rules!

Andrew Brackman, one of the Yankees top prospects, is finally starting to meet expectations. The Yankees drafted Brackman knowing that he would need surgery and he pitched poorly in his first full professional season last year. This year, however, he seems to be improving. He’s been throwing a nasty slider at 87 mph, and has improved his BB/9 from 6.4 in 2009 to 1.4 in 2010. In addition, he has kept up an impressive 8.4 SO/9. According to Joel Sherman, the Yankees plan to promote Brackman from High-A Tampa to AA Trenton before the All-Star Break.

Hughes Rules?

In order to keep Phil Hughes’ innings under control, the Yankees are skipping his next start on June 29th. So far the Yankees have handled Hughes’ innings much better than they handled Joba’s innings. The general feeling is that Hughes is capped at 170-180 innings, so expect for him to be skipped a few more times around.

Albaladejo Reinvented…

You remember Jonathan Albaladejo, don’t you? Well he’s been reinventing and improving his game down in AAA this season and has really become a new and better pitcher. I truly hope the Yankees give him an opportunity to prove himself again at the big league level, it’s not like Chan Ho Park or Boone Logan are blowing the world away. Make sure you check out Mike Axisa of RAB’s post about Albaladejo.

Happy Birthday!

Phil Hughes turns 24 years old today, it’s hard to believe he is still so young.

What’s Next?

The Yankees should be enjoying this off day in Los Angeles and tomorrow they will take on Joe Torre and the Dodgers.  You can bet the media will blow this series way out of proportion. It should be fun!

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8 thoughts on “Off Day Musings (2nd Edition)

  1. The Yankees have been on a roll but not like their cross town rival Mets. This weekend in LA should be an interesting one as the Yankees take on their former manager, Joe Torre.

  2. Yes I know! It is going to be weird seeing Joe Torre, Don Mattingly on the opposite sides as Dodgers instead of Yankees! I hope Andrew Brackman could be a starter in the major leagues in the future or a bullpen member!

    • Yes, it is weird. I actually think it is much more strange to see Mattingly in another uniform than it is to see Torre.

      Brackman certainly has the ceiling of a number 1 starter, but the Yankees need to give him a lot more time to develop.

  3. It is not weird to see Mariano Duncan in another uniform Chris. We play today we win today. I got no clue what wrong with A.J. Burnett except his location issues and it been five or six bad starts in a row. Need to skip A.J. Burnett for one start.

  4. It didn’t happen. A.J. Burnett got great stuff but he can’t locate consistently to be an ace. That is so frustrating to me. Or a number 2 starter. Sometimes he is dominant to be a number 2 starter or an ace and lately he is pitching like a terrible fifth starter Chris!

    • This is the frustration that comes with Burnett. He is held back by his control, or lack thereof, from becoming the type of starter his stuff translates to. The Yankees seem to feel that they have to keep putting him out there every five days to get him straightened out, and I tend to agree. Maybe skipping him once down the line could help, but that would be hard to do now considering they just skipped Hughes.

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