Results for tag: Cliff Lee
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 15, 2011 at 02:49:48 AM

Phil Hughes stood in front of his locker, the one formerly occupied by Andy Pettitte and tried to explain why he could not locate and find the elusive velocity after it made a re-appearance during the opening two innings.

Eventually the topic of the discussion with the media touched on the topic of going to the minors.

If that happened and before I advocate it happening or not happening, it's not my job to do so, but you'd have to think it might be possible if there were a few more clunkers like Hughes' first three starts of this season. And if that happened, Hughes would not be the first pitcher to return to the minors to fine tune some things.

He might be a rare breed getting sent down there after winning 18 games but there is a precedent. Just look at two pitchers currently occupying

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Dec 14, 2010 at 11:02:52 PM

Let it Bleed is the 10th American album released by the Rolling Stones. The ninth track of that album is called "You Can't Always Get What You Want".

The hook to the song is the following and in some ways though it is a love song, it can be applied to the Yankees' failed bid to sign free agent Cliff Lee.

"You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you just might find
You get what you need"

Basically it is a reminder that no matter what our efforts are in anything, you can't always get what you desire. No matter if you're the Yankees, no matter how much money you offer, how much you describe playing for the Yankees, sometimes it doesn't work.

It didn't work in 1992 when Gene Michael offered nearly

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Dec 13, 2010 at 11:16:41 PM

You get tied down at work and you spend most of the day away from the internet you tend to miss things. Watching tonight's Giants-Vikings game and with the computer turned off, I missed the online chatter that was abuzz among baseball media and fans.

Earlier in updates, it had been mentioned a mystery team had thrown itself into the Cliff Lee bidding. Over the weekend, the Red Sox were mentioned as a ploy for oneupsmanship. It had been speculated that the Angels were the mystery suitor especially after losing Carl Crawford.

At some point tonight, the cat was out of the bag and that cat would be the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies saw firsthand what a dominant rotation can do when they lost to the Giants and signing Lee to join forces with Roy Oswalt, Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels is

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 31, 2010 at 03:10:41 AM

My third view of a Colby Lewis postseason start appeared to be happening at the same time on three different televisions. That is because it was.

What was I going to do flip back and forth between the Knicks and the World Series? The Knicks will have plenty of time to blow the fourth quarter in attempts to win games and the World Series will be over within a week.

Thanks to Lewis (the other C.L), who gets overshadowed by Cliff Lee, the Rangers will get to use Lee on their terms. None of this three days rest stuff -  the thing that moves people up a day just to stay alive.

The view was from the back room of Finnerty's, which is a bar in the East Village that is heavy on the San Francisco Giants. Truth is I was looking for a Texas Ranger bar in New York to see what the scene is like

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 28, 2010 at 02:22:00 AM

A funny thing happened on the way to the World Series projected to be between the Phillies and Yankees – the Giants and Rangers.

A funny thing happened during the Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum matchup. It was the one that was supposed to be low scoring and a special pitching duel along the lines of watching Koufax-Gibson during the 1960s for example.

Well it sort of was low scoring for four innings.

The Rangers took a 2-0 lead through two, the Giants tied it in the third and then all heck broke loose in the bottom of the fifth in what turned out to be an 11-7 victory.

It was a weird game, but nonetheless an enjoyable way to begin a World Series, though somewhere when that fifth was unfolding John Sterling might have been heard uttering you can’t predict baseball.

We often

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 19, 2010 at 03:02:45 AM

The term grasping at straws is loosely defined as using far fetched ideas and possibilites to reach the desired conclusion. Sitting in the upper deck for the eight innings that Cliff Lee dominated the Yankees, those things might have gone through the minds of those in the stands.

At one point I noted how many foul balls the Yankees had against Lee and thought maybe the more they have the better. The answer and not that there is really any relevance was 28. It seemed logical that making that much contact that the Yankees were a few good swings from getting to him.

It seemed logical to think that when Nick Swisher fouled off five straight pitches on a full count. Then he struck out flailing at a cutter.

It seemed logcial to believe that when Mark Teixeira drew the first walk off Lee in

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 18, 2010 at 04:29:17 PM

Today is October 18 and 33 years ago across the street at Yankee, the Yankees were World Champions for the first time since 1962. That was the night that Reggie Jackson hit three home runs off three Los Angeles Dodger pitchers.

Reggie Jackson obviously is not in the lineup, but the usual lineup against a left-handed pitcher is being used.

That night Jackson was doing what the Yankees envisioned when George Steinbrenner signed him as a free agent and tonight Andy Pettitte takes the mound looking to add to his October totals in a positive light by pitching well against Texas.

Since Cliff Lee is on the mound, it kind of allows Pettitte to fly under the radar, get overshadowed and lost in the shuffle. Those types of things are perfectly fine for Pettitte, who has 19 postseason victories,

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 17, 2010 at 05:35:25 PM

Today is October 17 and a year ago, the Yankees were beating the Angels in 13 innings on Jerry Hairston’s dash to the plate. That gave them a 2-0 lead heading into three games in Anaheim, meaning the Yankees had five games to win two.

Now because of the events of Game Two, the Yankees face a five-game series with the Rangers and whoever wins three games first will be the AL Champion.

Many wondered how the Rangers would respond to blowing a five-run lead in Game One. The answer was pretty clear when they laid a 7-2 beating on the Yankees yesterday.

In their first trip to Yankee Stadium since mid-April, the Rangers worked out first as by taking a loose session of fielding, throwing and batting practice to go along with a drill of pitcher’s fielding practice.

Maybe it is because

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