• Kruk: Yanks A Mess, Red Sox Looking Good

    Posted by on September 24th, 2009 · Comments (11)

    John Kruk’s thoughts on October, via ESPN.com, with a h/t to BBTF -

    Who is going to pitch for the Yankees? How does their rotation set up? Overall, A.J Burnett has been awful, excluding some of his recent starts, and besides CC Sabathia, which arms can the Yankees call on? Can you deem Andy Pettitte healthy after having to miss a start or two because of his shoulder? What they’ve done in monitoring Joba Chamberlain’s workload has been unbelievable, but he’s not even in the equation to start.

    Boston is really the only team heading into the postseason that you can look at and say, “This team is ready for the playoffs.” Aside from the middle relief, which hasn’t been too good, Jon Lester is pitching well and Daisuke Matsuzaka has looked good. The Sox look to me to be the one, of all the teams likely headed to the postseason, that is the most dolled up and ready to play in the playoffs.

    Funny, wasn’t it just about six weeks ago where everyone was saying that the Red Sox starting pitching was a mess and the Yankees were steam-rolling their way towards a ring? Things can change pretty quickly, I guess…

    Comments on Kruk: Yanks A Mess, Red Sox Looking Good

    1. YankCrank
      September 24th, 2009 | 9:02 am

      First of all, John Kruk is an idiot…whether he’s right or not. I wouldn’t count on him for any credible information other than which barber cuts a mean mullet and which Chillis in Philadelphia serves the best Jalepeno Poppers.

      On to his point, the Yankees certainly aren’t a “mess.” But he’s right that the Red Sox are currently set up better for the postseason and on a roll. I don’t have a problem with his point about the Red Sox, I have a problem with him saying we’re a mess when, in reality, one or two of our pitchers are going through a rough patch and that’s about it. No other viable problems at the moment.

      Rough patches happen, we just have to hope the problems iron themselves out and it appears AJ is heading in the right direction. Now let’s see if Joba can follow.

    2. logan9497
      September 24th, 2009 | 9:21 am

      “Can you deem Andy Pettitte healthy after having to miss a start or two because of his shoulder?” He missed ONE start and was pretty damn effective when he came back. As far as Dice-K is concerned he pitched against the orioles and angels in boston. The angels suck in boston and the orioles laid down for the red sox. i am sure he will pitch this weekend, let us see what happens. It is a long season, Krukkie, so every team is going to have it’s ups and downs. the objective is to get to the postseason.
      Has anyone noticed that Kruk seems to have fallen off the NutriSystem wagon or is it that TV adds 30lbs.

    3. Corey
      September 24th, 2009 | 9:22 am

      YankCrank wrote:

      First of all, John Kruk is an idiot…

      That’s all you needed to say…when did he get a chance to watch all those yankee games while at the same time being the phanatic?

    4. YankCrank
      September 24th, 2009 | 9:25 am

      Corey wrote:

      That’s all you needed to say…when did he get a chance to watch all those yankee games while at the same time being the phanatic?

      Very true. Kruk isn’t on Baseball Tonight because he’s a credible, intelligent and informed member of the baseball media. He’s on there because he’s colorful and blunt…and neither of those make me listen to you when you talk about the Yankees.

    5. GDH
      September 24th, 2009 | 11:11 am

      All a bunch of rot from ESPIN. (How is the team with the best record in the bigs suddenly a mess??) They need something to talk about because they bought the NY/Boston Game on Sunday and even though it will be a bench battle they want everyone to watch. To address Kruk’s point, I see the two teams matching up pretty well. Boston has a slight pitching edge, but it depends on Dice-K and AJ, each of whom are capable of brilliance and/or crap. They both walk a lot of hitters. Yanks have a slightly more dangerous offense, and a better road record.

      CC / Beckett – even
      AJ / Lester – Lester, but depends which AJ
      Andy / Dice K – depends which Dice K
      4-5 Starters – slight edge Boston if they use Bucholtz
      Offense – Yankees slight edge
      Defense – even
      Mid Relief – Yanks
      8th Inn – Yanks
      Closer – Even

      I’m excited for this post season. I hope we pay back Detroit for 06 and then pay back Boston for 04 (at least the first installment). ESPIN has made a living trashing the Yanks, so why should they fix what ain’t broke.

    6. YankCrank
      September 24th, 2009 | 12:51 pm

      GDH wrote:

      CC / Beckett – even
      AJ / Lester – Lester, but depends which AJ
      Andy / Dice K – depends which Dice K
      4-5 Starters – slight edge Boston if they use Bucholtz
      Offense – Yankees slight edge
      Defense – even
      Mid Relief – Yanks
      8th Inn – Yanks
      Closer – Even

      I’d have to disagree with your assessment, this is where i’d have it at…

      CC/Beckett- edge Beckett for his postseason dominance
      AJ/Lester- Lester, hands down
      Andy/Bucholz- Even, both are throwing very well at the moment
      4-5 Starters- edge Boston, Matsuzaka and Byrd are better than Joba and Gaudin right now

      Offense- Yankees
      Defense- even, neither are amazing
      Middle Relief- slight edge to Red Sox. Wagner/Bard and Aceves/Hughes are both good.
      Closer- edge Yankees.

    7. Evan3457
      September 24th, 2009 | 2:01 pm

      logan9497 wrote:

      Has anyone noticed that Kruk seems to have fallen off the NutriSystem wagon or is it that TV adds 30lbs.

      Which reminds me of the old joke…They say the TV camera adds 10 pounds to your appearance, so how many camers are on Kruk when he’s on Baseball Tonight? 12?

    8. GDH
      September 24th, 2009 | 3:22 pm

      @ YankCrank:
      Is Bucholtz their #3 starter? I would think they’d give that to Dice K. I agree that Beckett gets the edge on Postseason dominance, however, I think CC’s been much better in the 2nd half this year. So as I read it you’d give a bigger pitching edge to the Sox, but it really comes down to who throws a good game as a starter. I still think these two teams match up the closest of the 4 that make it in. Unlike Kruk, I think it’s a pretty close call.

    9. September 24th, 2009 | 5:01 pm

      Would love to face Boston in ALCS… Beckett has a good resume.. but over the course of this season he has looked human.. he is more HR prone…. Lester is pretty good…but after all that its a wash… and Bard ..oh i wish Boston annoint him as closer.. he can b slapped around… like the Hansen dude theyhad a couple of yrs back… i can see Yanks in 6 if these 2teams met…

      I find MLB Network much more palatable… so hvstopped watching BBTN… ESPN(Boston) has its agenda… and when its not boring its quite funny and pathetic

    10. Corey
      September 24th, 2009 | 6:09 pm

      srivinodh wrote:

      I find MLB Network much more palatable… so hvstopped watching BBTN

      same here.

    11. September 25th, 2009 | 1:03 am

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