Results for tag: Ian Kennedy
Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Apr 26, 2010 at 08:45:53 PM

Credit Joe Girardi for coming clean in a way that was uncomfortable to watch in the aftermath of Sunday’s non-intentional walk to Kendry Morales. The good news for Girardi’s conscience is that the blast didn’t lose the game, it simply put it out of reach. The question is why he second-guessed his decision in the first place. Marte used to be the kind of lefty who could do more than spot work, but that doesn’t seem to be the case after his injuries. Morales, a switch-hitter, is a better hitter from the left side than the right, and normally you would want to turn him around. The forgoing should be inoperative when turning him around means letting him face a lefty who is no longer prepared to retire right-handed hitters regardless of their

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Feb 19, 2010 at 05:10:00 PM

Ben Shpigel has a good profile of Andrew Brackman in today’s New York Times. As you know, Brackman, the club’s first-round pick in 2007, was signed despite a lack of pitching experience and a bad elbow. Finally on the mound last year, Brackman was a mess mechanically, walking 76 in 106.2 innings, hitting 10 batters, and throwing 26 wild pitches. He did strike out 103, so there was something there, but it took a shift to the bullpen to find it—maybe. First, we’re talking about 10 relief appearances, which may or may not mean anything. Brackman will now return to starting and must maintain his poise and his health, both tall orders for this very tall pitcher. Further, Brackman is 24 and trying to get out of Low-A. Unless he has a miraculous turnaround, he’s not

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Dec 8, 2009 at 04:25:01 PM

As was the case last winter, when Brian Cashman and the Yankees stopped messing around with the Carl Pavanos and Jaret Wrights of the world and signed CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira, the team did what it had to do, seeing an opportunity to upgrade the championship team in center field. Note I say “center field.” There’s always the possibility that the Yankees could say, “Bye, Johnny Damon, we’re keeping Melky in center and putting Granderson in left,” or something like that, and completely negate the offensive improvement they just made. I don’t believe that will happen; if I had to bet I would guess Damon would be back.

Let’s talk about the deal as it’s being reported. The Yankees get Granderson. The All-Star center fielder turns 29