Turnstiles: Yanks-Twins Gamer III

A lot of news today. Morgan Ensberg has been DFA’ed. Scott Patterson is on his way to the big club. A Shelley Duncan for Jason Lane switch may be next. Meanwhile, Joba will start Tuesday, and Jorge is expected in the lineup Thursday. Pete Abe reports the Yanks are gearing up for the draft, and dream of Boras Client Eric Hosmer dropping to them due to signability issues (not likely). Otherwise, they go for talent, not need. Speaking of youthful talent, today they face Nick Blackburn for the first time. Darrell Rasner looks to continue his strong run. For the record, since we put up our Mo Town thread, Rivera has gone 2 innings, allowing no runs, no hits, 1 walk (which was dubious) and 3 ks. Could easily have been 5 ks. Rock on Yanks.

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  • Sounded like the Abreu line drive off of Blackburn was terrifying. I haven’t seen it as I’m tuning in from overseas on mlb.com audio, but Sterling/Waldman said it hit him square in the face and he was taken off immediately, bleeding form the nose. Yeecch. I hope he is OK. Anyone out there? Anyone see it?

    IronHorse (yf) June 1, 2008, 3:52 pm
  • Cano single with one out here in the 6th. Up comes Moeller. Man, I’ll be glad when Jorge is stepping up to the plate again.

    IronHorse (yf) June 1, 2008, 3:56 pm
  • Been lurking around. Missed the shot but Blackburn walked off on his own power.
    Rasner’s pitched decently vs a crappy lineup. Real tight strike zone has been tough on both staters. Alex blew a golden opportunity for the Yanks with bases loaded and 1 out in the 4th [sic?].
    Looks like the Captain may be out of his slump. A single last night in the 12th, followed by 2 walks and a dinger today. Hallelujah.

    YF June 1, 2008, 3:58 pm
  • DP. Chad leaves ‘em “hanging”…har har. Rasner barely caught his breath thanks to no one working any counts, but he’s gotta get back out there.

    IronHorse (yf) June 1, 2008, 3:59 pm
  • Great to see you YF. Nice to hear re: Blackburn.

    IronHorse (yf) June 1, 2008, 4:00 pm
  • What the f*&k just happened?? An inside-the-park job because Melky fell and then threw the ball a mile over Abreu’s head????? Agghhhh!

    IronHorse (yf) June 1, 2008, 4:03 pm
  • Whoa. Melky pulls one out of Little League, falls down at the wall, and then tosses a ball over Abreu’s head to give Morneau an inside-the-parker (aka a triple plus an error). Pretty funny, except that it costs a run.
    Where are you IH?

    YF June 1, 2008, 4:04 pm
  • Qatar. From the sounds of it, a few feet more and Melky’s throw could have reached me here.

    IronHorse (yf) June 1, 2008, 4:06 pm
  • To make clear what happened:
    -Morneau drove one into the cf-rf gap.
    -Melky bent down to pick it up at the wall, and fell down on his keester.
    -from his backside, Melky tosses the ball to Abreu, backing up the play, but…
    -the ball flies WAY over Abreu’s head.
    -Morneau scores.

    YF June 1, 2008, 4:07 pm
  • Qatar? Hope you brought sunscreen!
    Bring back a few gallons of the black stuff and you’ll make a killing.

    YF June 1, 2008, 4:09 pm
  • Thanks – you should replace Sterling. His explanations are certinly colorful and always passionate but rarely accurate.
    Sounds like a Bad News Bears play. Kind of a bummer to give Jeter’s HR right back to the Twins like that.

    IronHorse (yf) June 1, 2008, 4:10 pm
  • PS: Love that you’re on YFSF in Qatar. Great. Have a safe trip home.

    YF June 1, 2008, 4:11 pm
  • Yeah – at almost $4 a gallon I just need to fill up a couple of my water bottles and I’ll be able to afford a game or two in the box seats at the new stadium…

    IronHorse (yf) June 1, 2008, 4:12 pm
  • On the road a lot in the next 10 days – YFSF plus GameDay Audio is a great way to maintain the connection to home…

    IronHorse (yf) June 1, 2008, 4:13 pm
  • Nothing mean meant here, but Ensberg’s departure today has to be one of the least remarkable events on the Yankee team. Nice guy, but just nothing all that special on either side of the plate.

    IronHorse (yf) June 1, 2008, 4:16 pm
  • Agreed vis a vis Ensberg. And let’s face it. Shelley Duncan isn’t doing anything for us at this point either.

    YF June 1, 2008, 4:18 pm
  • At least Sterling’s got The Voice. Suzyn Waldman, I could replace.
    But I think I’d like to hear more about what you do. But that’s something for offline, and when you’re back home….
    Meanwhile….RUNS PLEASE.

    YF June 1, 2008, 4:20 pm
  • Yeah, but Shelley’s got a heartbeat. And I still sort of recall something hazy about a great debut for him last year. I think his problem is he needs regular play. If he isn’t going to get it (and he probably isn’t), I’m not sure it is good for him or the Yanks to have him around just to slot in every 4-5 games. if they decided they’d give one of Damon/Hideki/Abreu a rest once a week and Shelley were to take that slot, then he would probably perform, but he is a significant step down from each of them both in the field and at the plate even if he is performing so I’m not sure that makes any sense either…oh well.
    Happy to do the offline thing when I’m back.

    IronHorse (yf) June 1, 2008, 4:27 pm
  • Of course – I neglected Melky there. Oops. Sorry Shelley (and Melky)

    IronHorse (yf) June 1, 2008, 4:27 pm
  • Shelley Duncan = Shane Spencer = Kevin Maas

    YF June 1, 2008, 4:31 pm
  • Okay, off to a bbq! GO YANKS!

    YF June 1, 2008, 4:35 pm
  • Another run scores. This is sort of a depressing drip-drip-drip kind of game. Sounds like I missed the Yanks big chance with the bases loaded and A-Rod up, but since I’ve tuned in they’ve done little at the plate and less in the field. Blech.

    IronHorse (yf) June 1, 2008, 4:40 pm
  • 5-1 Twins with the bottom half of the Yanks order coming up in the top of the 9th. Slouching toward a listless loss here.

    IronHorse (yf) June 1, 2008, 4:53 pm
  • You can hear a mouse fart in the Metrodome crowd during those blessed moments when Sterling and Waldman are silent. Seems even the Twins fans are just sort of bored with this game. Nathan closing it out fast…

    IronHorse (yf) June 1, 2008, 5:00 pm
  • Giambi singles. Melky grounds out.
    It’s official, 5-1. Oh well. Hope for better tomorrow…

    IronHorse (yf) June 1, 2008, 5:03 pm
  • The YFSF consensus:
    Ensberg GREAT! Kills lefties
    Casey BAD! Thank god Cashboy did not go that route.
    My consensus: none of you know what the hell you’re talking about.
    Question to Yank fans: If Cashboy is any good why is not Colon you’re number one starter? I’d sure as hell take him before the unreliable Wanger, even if he does carry twice his weight.

    Dirty Water June 1, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • > The YFSF consensus:
    > Ensberg GREAT!
    Don’t know where you get that. I have read some yfs that thought it was a gamble worth taking. I thought it was not likely to pay off, but it was a low-risk, potentially high-return buy so I kept my yap shut until he played. Then I got a bit more bothered about it.
    Morgan Ensberg up. His bat grows moss until he fouls off a full count pitch. Now a soft liner to short. Looked like he was playing catch with Peralta, except he used his bat.
    or
    Morgan Ensberg has the name and visage of an investment banker. Now he pops out in foul territory. Short-term CD’s, he advises Victor Martinez as he walks back to the dugout.
    or
    Ensberg feels it isn’t prudent to invest in bat movement as he is sat down looking to end the Yankee fourth.
    > Cashboy
    Really? I mean, really?
    > Question to Yank fans: If Cashboy is any good why is not Colon you’re number one starter?
    Why mangled sentence not easy to understand.
    Two games. Easy cowboy. He’s not the Sox number one either.
    > I’d sure as hell take him before the unreliable Wanger, even if he does carry twice his weight.
    but..but.. Wang was not available, so how would you have taken him? Sure Colon has been great in his two starts since becoming a Sox. Great find. But are you seriously saying that at the beginning of this season, if Wang was hypothetically available you would have taken Colon over Wang? 7-13 since the beginning of 2006 Bartolo Colon over 38-13 Wang? Seriously? For real?
    And if he was such a sure thing, wouldn’t he be making more than 1.2 mil? Oh, that’s right… Theo used his Jedi mind powers to convince him to sign for 8% of his 2007 salary while simultaneously mentally suggesting to the rest of MLB “this is not the colon you are looking for” so they wouldn’t spend a measly 1.3? Nice grab by Boston, I do admit.
    As for Wang being unreliable, I will agree his last three starts have been a bit worrisome, but the Yankees won two of those starts, and they should have won his start prior to that at Tampa. I’m no where near buying unreliable, yet.

    attackgerbil June 2, 2008, 12:25 am
  • this is not the colon you are looking for
    Awesome.
    Picking nits: Three starts now, not two.

    Paul SF June 2, 2008, 1:00 am
  • Yes three, thanks Paul. I realized a minute after I hit submit I left out today’s game, which was serviceable, if not quite as sparkling as his previous two.

    attackgerbil June 2, 2008, 1:13 am
  • Gerb, ignore that drivel…

    SF June 2, 2008, 6:30 am
  • Gerb,
    I thought I was the only goad-able YF around here…

    IronHorse (yf) June 2, 2008, 10:44 am
  • Ha! By DWs airtight logic, Theo made a massive mistake by allowing Beckett to make the big league team out of spring training over Colon. Beckett’s numbers (5-4, 4.30) are worse than Wang’s (6-2, 4.14) so whatever he wrote about Wang apply even more so to Beckett!
    Thanks buddy i needed a good laugh this morning.

    Sam-YF June 2, 2008, 11:08 am
  • Oh, indeed IH, my goad is definitely abled.
    One thing I left out..
    > My consensus: none of you know what the hell you’re talking about.
    Regarding me and only me, on this point you are spot-on.

    attackgerbil June 2, 2008, 2:11 pm
  • I thank my lucky stars every day that I never actually went live with my uber-researched (at Baseball Reference, of course) “Morgan Ensberg is the Hidden Cashmanian Gem Who Will Lead the Yankees to Victory” post way back during Spring Training.

    SF June 2, 2008, 2:18 pm
  • I admit I was really scared by the Ensberg signing, as well. I tagged him as the Yankees’ seemingly annual “scrap heap loser who coms out of nowhere to save the season, then resumes sucking immediately thereafter” acquisition (hello, Aaron Small).

    Paul SF June 2, 2008, 2:59 pm
  • For the record, there really wasn’t any discussion of Ensberg vs. Casey here. This is from the original post:
    “the Yanks added Morgan Ensberg to the 40-man yesterday at a cost of $1.75m, a sure indication he will break camp with the big club. That means the Yankee bench opening the year will consist of Duncan (of/1b), Betemit (ss/2b), Ensberg (3b/1b), and Molina (c), in addition to the daily odd-man out of the Damon/Abreu/Cabrera/Matsui/Giambi contingent. It’s the best bench the Yanks have seen in a long time, skewed heavily toward power and obp, though there’s not much for speed and the defense is marginal (Ensberg is out of position at first, though historically capable; Duncan has a strong arm in right, but the jury’s out).”
    Say what you want about it. The primary argument in the thread was actually Ensberg vs. Gardner.
    It’s interesting to me that the Ensberg acquisition is being compared to the Colon acquisition here as a means to disparage Cashman. I’d say it’s both teams taking a flier on a cheap veteran with a bad recent performance history and some injury problems. These aren’t always going to pan out. The Yanks and Sox have the financial clout to swallow mistakes when they don’t. And timing is key with these signings. With Hughes and Kennedy slotted into the rotation, and Joba headed there, the Yanks had no immediate reason to go and drop cash on a rehab project like Colon. Maybe they should have. Tough call.

    YF June 2, 2008, 4:06 pm
  • It’s interesting to me that the Ensberg acquisition is being compared to the Colon acquisition here as a means to disparage Cashman
    To be fair, YF, it’s being done by something of a flamethrowing troll and nobody seems to agree with it. Frankly the post isn’t worth responding to, even.

    SF June 2, 2008, 4:49 pm
  • I can’t be the only Red Sox fan that banged my head on my desk at least once when they signed Colon. I am enjoying having been wrong so far but I can hardly claim any sort of wisdom in the matter.

    rootbeerfloat June 2, 2008, 5:00 pm
  • Not for nothing, but there will still be plenty of time to lament the fat Colon. Just wait until he faces the Yankees and in an important game:
    Career vs. Yankees:
    4-5, 69.2 IP, 6.07 ERA, 1.55 WHIP
    I agree with YF here completely. Cashman didn’t sign Colon b/c that would have put him in front of Hughes and IPK in the manager’s eyes if they had any difficulties. And that’s exactly what’s happening in Soxland. All I know is I would much rather face Colon, and his very hittable stuff, in an important over Buchholz or Masterson. So I hope he keeps pitching well! Right through September please!

    A YF June 2, 2008, 5:20 pm

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