• Cashman: I Can’t Pull A Rabbit Out Of My Hat

    Posted by on June 28th, 2011 · Comments (7)

    Via Joel Sherman today -

    The Yankees have the best record in the American League and the worst record against the Red Sox.

    Which carries the most influence with the trade deadline a month away?

    Organizations generally try to build a team good enough to reach the playoffs, and, at this moment, the two AL teams with the best postseason chances are the Yankees and Red Sox: Baseball Prospectus’ playoff odds calibration had Boston with a 94.2 percent chance of playing into October and the Yankees at 87.1 percent.

    “My job is to reduce that 13 percent risk that we won’t make the playoffs,” general manager Brian Cashman said.

    To do that, however, should the Yankees keep the Red Sox specifically in mind? Because it does feel as if the Canyon of Heroes goes through Boston. The Yankees have at least nine and potentially as many as 16 games left against the Red Sox. They were 1-8 in the first half against Boston and repeating such failure in the second half would further open a door for a team such as Tampa Bay to overtake the Yankees.

    Yes, there is a lot of season left for all kinds of twists and turns and, yes, the playoffs are fickle, but today what do you think the odds are of a Red Sox-Yankees ALCS? Twenty-five percent? Thirty? Forty? And if the teams are on a collision course, do the Yankees have to pay attention that Boston’s OPS against righty pitching is 24 points higher than any other team’s?

    There was a moment when the Yankees imagined a 2011 roster that would include Cliff Lee, Andy Pettitte and Pedro Feliciano, which would have made them armed — left-armed, in fact — to deal with Boston’s lefty-leaning might. But now all the Yankees have is CC Sabathia’s brilliance and Boone Logan’s undependability.

    “One of our areas of weakness is the left side, but I can’t force it,” Cashman said. “I can’t make it happen if it is not there.”

    Boone Logan, Damaso Marte, Pedro Feliciano, Mike Myers, Ron Villone, Buddy Groom, Kei Igawa, Wayne Franklin, Billy Traber, Alan Embree, Royce Ring, Darrell May…

    Yeah, that Cashman. He knows a LOOGY when it’s there for the taking.

    Comments on Cashman: I Can’t Pull A Rabbit Out Of My Hat

    1. Raf
      June 28th, 2011 | 10:42 am

      What does Joel Sherman say about someone like David Robertson, who’s better against lefties than righties? Or Logan, who’s better against RHB?

      Too much is made about the hands these pitchers throw with.

    2. EHawk
      June 28th, 2011 | 11:40 am

      There is no mention about Eric Bedard in Seattle. He is having a great year and is on a 1 year contract for 1.1 million. Not sure what it would take to get him but I’m assuming not too much. I’d rather take a shit with him then a Dempster or Myers!

    3. EHawk
      June 28th, 2011 | 11:41 am

      shot not shit lol!

    4. LMJ229
      June 28th, 2011 | 12:40 pm

      EHawk wrote:

      There is no mention about Eric Bedard in Seattle. He is having a great year and is on a 1 year contract for 1.1 million. Not sure what it would take to get him but I’m assuming not too much. I’d rather take a shot with him then a Dempster or Myers!

      I agree. Two problems though: Seattle’s asking price will be high, I think. After last year’s Cliff Lee debacle, these two GMs aren’t exactly buddy-buddy. And secondly, there’s no reason to suspect that the Mariners will fall out of the race in the pathetic AL West.

    5. satchel
      June 28th, 2011 | 1:16 pm

      @ EHawk:
      Best typo ever!

    6. Raf
      June 28th, 2011 | 1:55 pm

      EHawk wrote:

      shot not shit lol!

      *Paging Dr Freud*

      :D

    7. Evan3457
      June 28th, 2011 | 2:24 pm

      Kei Igawa was not a LOOGY. He was signed to be a starter.

      Darrell May was supposed to be a starter/long man.

      Villone was rarely used as a LOOGY. More frequently, he was a long man/mop-up man. In 2006, 54 of his 70 appearance were for 1 inning or more; only 3 were for 1 batter only, only 4 more were for 2 batters. In 2007, only 6 of his 37 games were for 1 batter only; only 2 more were for 2 batters; 23 of 37 were an inning or more.

      Royce Ring was a late season call up after being signed as a minor league free agent in 2010, they were giving him an audition for a post-season slot, which he flopped. He never got into the game when the Yanks lead for the wild-card was less than 6 games. To call him the staff “LOOGY” is a bit of a stretch.

      Embree, after leaving the Yanks, did a good job as the LOOGY for the Padres in 2006, and for the A’s in 2007, before he declined.

      Buddy Groom was used as a LOOGY in exactly 1 game for the Yanks. Most of his appearances the Yanks were down multiple runs when he entered, or ahead multiple runs. (19 our of 25 at least 3 runs, either way)

      Damaso Marte was quite a good lefty reliever, as he proved in the post-season, 2009. He just can’t stay healthy, anymore.

      Pedro Feliciano has been a good LOOGY for several seasons. He was signed to be big deal and got hurt, too.

      Boone Logan did a very good job for them last year, and despite a bad start this year, seems to be doing a lot better lately, the last week or so.

      ==========================
      So that leaves Billy Traber and Wayne Franklin.

      On the other hand, you forgot Randy Choate and Phil Coke on the plus side, and Gabe White, and (you’re gonna facepalm yourself when you read this name) Felix Heredia on the minus side.

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