• What Is It, Slap A Yankee Day?

    Posted by on July 3rd, 2011 · Comments (14)

    Ivan Nova must feel like he’s been slapped.  Ditto CC and Tex.

    Man, I would have told Hughes he’s going to the pen and had to earn his way back into the rotation.  And, for sure, I would have named Sabathia to the All-Star quad.  Teixeira?  O.K., maybe I understand that one…a little…low batting average and the fact that some first sacker gets screwed every year because of that “every team must be represented” rule.

    By the way, Tyler Clippard made the All-Stars.  Is that a slap for Brian Cashman?  It should be…

    Comments on What Is It, Slap A Yankee Day?

    1. clintfsu813
      July 3rd, 2011 | 5:18 pm

      Don’t worry about Cash. If he starts getting down about Clippard, he can just think about Colon and Garcia and Nunez.

    2. Evan3457
      July 3rd, 2011 | 6:30 pm

      Clippard made the All Star game because somebody on the Nats had to.

      If I were doing to picking, I’d have chosen Morse outright, instead of putting him in the “last man” vote, or Jordan Zimmerman, who’s pitched brilliantly with no run support.

    3. Greg H.
      July 3rd, 2011 | 8:05 pm

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      he can just think about Colon and Garcia and Nunez.

      Speaking of Nunez, why was he doing a bad Ramiro Pena impression in today’s game? Oh, wait that was a bad Ramiro Pena out there – when Nunez is 7 for 8 in this series? Anyone know why he was sitting, other than maybe he was sore from smacking the ball all over the place for the past three days?

    4. JeremyM
      July 3rd, 2011 | 8:55 pm

      Tight hamstring yesterday, wet field today, nothing serious I guess but what was Pena doing out there today? He was lost.

    5. Raf
      July 3rd, 2011 | 9:22 pm

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      Don’t worry about Cash. If he starts getting down about Clippard, he can just think about Colon and Garcia and Nunez.

      And David Robertson.

    6. LMJ229
      July 3rd, 2011 | 10:57 pm

      I wouldn’t consider Tyler Clippard making the All Star team a slap at Brian Cashman IF he was traded for a decent player. Like when Ian Kennedy was traded for Granderson. But Clippard for Albaledejo? That trade made no sense then and makes even less sense now. Cashman was fleeced.

    7. LMJ229
      July 3rd, 2011 | 10:59 pm

      Steve Lombardi3 wrote:

      I would have told Hughes he’s going to the pen and had to earn his way back into the rotation.

      I agree. Nova did not deserve the demotion. In fact, Nova has been getting better with each start.

    8. LMJ229
      July 3rd, 2011 | 11:01 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      And, for sure, I would have named Sabathia to the All-Star squad.

      Makes absolutely no sense that Sabathia wasn’t named. Indefensible.

    9. July 3rd, 2011 | 11:39 pm

      I agree with the statement on Nova. Hughes should have to earn his way back into the rotation. He was mediocre at best the second half of last year. He was less than mediocre in the postseason. This year, terrible, why all this gets overlooked is beyond me.

    10. redbug
      July 4th, 2011 | 6:21 am

      CC’s pitching on Sunday. He could have been named and been replaced by another pitcher because he had just pitched. It’s clear it was decided there were all ready too many Yanks in already.

    11. Corey Italiano
      July 4th, 2011 | 9:56 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Clippard made the All Star game because somebody on the Nats had to.

      To say that he didn’t earn it is unfair though. He put up all star numbers.

    12. Evan3457
      July 4th, 2011 | 10:34 am

      Corey Italiano wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      Clippard made the All Star game because somebody on the Nats had to.
      To say that he didn’t earn it is unfair though. He put up all star numbers.

      This is true, but there are lots of setup relievers in each league with great numbers, like, say, David Robertson. Setup guys only make the All-Star team when it’s perceived the team in question has nobody else worth sending, or when they pitch for the team managed by the All-Star game manager as a reward.

      As for Clippard, the following NL relievers who are not closers all have higher WAR (fWAR):

      Johnny Venters, Braves
      Sean Marshall, Cubs
      Mike Adams, Padres
      Sergio Romo, Giants
      Eric O’Flaherty, Braves
      Bill Bray, Reds
      David Hernandez, D’backs (just got promoted to closer because of the injury to J.J. Putz)
      Matt Lindstrom, Rockies.
      Jason Motte, Cards
      Matt Reynolds, Rockies
      Chris Resop, Pirates
      Antonio Bastardo, Phillies (just got promoted to closer because of the injuries to Lidge, Contreras and Madson)
      Chad Qualls

      ======================================
      Clippard does lead all non-closers in WPA, if you believe in WPA. He’s 24th in the NL among non-closers in FIP, 5th in xFI, 17th in adjusted ERA.

      As I say, yes, he’s having an excellent year, but examined closely, no better than 6-12 other middle relievers in the NL.

      My statement stands: he’s on the team as the Nats’ representative.

    13. JeremyM
      July 4th, 2011 | 11:52 am

      You can probably make the case that Jeff freaking Karstens deserved a nod as well. I don’t know where this is coming from, but good for him.

    14. Raf
      July 4th, 2011 | 4:23 pm

      JeremyM wrote:

      You can probably make the case that Jeff freaking Karstens deserved a nod as well. I don’t know where this is coming from, but good for him.

      It’s coming from a lower than average BABIP; .238 (.281 career). He’s striking out batters at the same rate, he’s walking them at the same rate.

      There’s a huge discrepancy between his ERA (2.65) and FIP (4.70)

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