I’m not lying when I confess this: Had this game been a one-game “play-in” elimination game, instead of a regular season game in July, I would have soiled myself during A.J. Swizzle Stick’s At Bat against Mo Rivera in the 9th inning.
Watching Melky Cabrera get the big hit tonight, makes this news even more depressing than it is just as a standalone item:
General manager Brian Cashman has made it clear that pitching prospect Philip Hughes is as close to untouchable as any player in the Yankees’ farm system.
Melky Cabrera on the other hand, may not be.
According to a Major League executive, the Yankees and Pirates have discussed a deal that would send the young outfielder to Pittsburgh in exchange for outfielder Jeromy Burnitz and first baseman/outfielder Craig Wilson.
Right now, I’d rather have Melky Cabrera and Aaron Guiel on my team than Jeromy Burnitz and Craig Wilson.
This is no knock on Craig Wilson. I like Wilson. I would trade Matt Smith or T.J. Beam for Wilson. But, that’s about it. If the cost is Cabrera, then I don’t want Wilson.
And, I see no value at all in picking up Burnitz. Since 2000, he’s been an average batter – at best. There’s no need to give up anything to acquire a player like him at this stage in his career.
Moving on, when I wake up tomorrow morning, I expect to see the Yankees be just a game and a half out of first place – and, just one game back in the loss column.
Thanks, recently, to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Oakland A’s, Boston is feeling it right now. Maybe this makes the Yankees lucky? So, what? But, I’d rather be lucky than good any day.
And, I’ll take 7 innings and just 3 runs allowed from Randy Johnson every time out. I just hope that the right arm-pit issue from the game tonight is not going to be a problem for him now.
Lastly, ain’t it sweet to spoil the winning streak for Contreras?