• Gotta Admit…

    Posted by on August 16th, 2011 · Comments (15)

    When you consider that…

    • A.J. Burnett sucks.
    • Phil Hughes was a first-half bust.
    • Derek Jeter looked very old before going on the D.L.
    • Jorge Posada looks very old, period.
    • A-Rod’s power was MIA and then he went MIA for six weeks.
    • Nick Swisher hit like crap the first two months of the season.
    • Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia have been two of the Yankees better pitchers this season.
    • Mark Teixeira’s hitting two-fifty and that’s recently high for him.
    • To date, the Yankees have gotten little from Joba Chamberlain & Rafael Soriano.

    It’s really pretty damn impressive that the Yankees are in first place today with just 43 games to play.

    And, it speaks volumes to the jobs done this season by CC Sabathia, Curtis Granderson, Ivan Nova, Robinson Cano, David Roberston and Brett Gardner.  Without those six guys, there’s a great chance that the Yankees are not in first place today.

    Comments on Gotta Admit…

    1. KPOcala
      August 16th, 2011 | 11:28 am

      Miles Davis said, “just blow, baby”.
      Al Davis, not related, but a close friend of Miles echoed his friend, “just win baby”.

      Funny thing about sports. Looking in hindsight, it seemed inevitable that the Yanks were going to win those four rings under Torre. But when I really think back I was sweating bullets the whole way. There’s a lot of talent on today’s 40 man roster. If Cashman uses the next 5-6 weeks to put the right 25 guys together for the play-offs………….

    2. lardin
      August 16th, 2011 | 12:44 pm

      Maybe Cashman really does know what hes doing? I mean any moron can overpay Arod, Jeter, CC, AJ, Soriano Tex and Posade. But he signed Colon and Garcia. He traded for Granderson and Swisher. Hes let Robertson and Gardner develop. He refused to trade Cano way back when, and hes refused to trade Nova in the last few years.

      Maybe, just maybe he knows what hes doing.

    3. Evan3457
      August 16th, 2011 | 12:48 pm

      lardin wrote:

      Maybe Cashman really does know what hes doing? I mean any moron can overpay Arod, Jeter, CC, AJ, Soriano Tex and Posade. But he signed Colon and Garcia. He traded for Granderson and Swisher. Hes let Robertson and Gardner develop. He refused to trade Cano way back when, and hes refused to trade Nova in the last few years.
      Maybe, just maybe he knows what hes doing.

      Nah.

    4. August 16th, 2011 | 2:18 pm

      IIRC, they tried to include Cano is a few deals – Seattle, Arizona? – and no one would take him before 2005.

      But, 100%, I give Cashman credit for Nova, Gardner, Robertson and Swisher. Granderson too – although I still suspect there’s something unnatural going on there.

      I still have a hard time giving Cashman credit for Colon and Garcia. Colon was a Hail Mary that was caught in the end zone. Garcia had less risk. But, he’s also performed much better than anyone could have expected.

      They’re this years Chacon and Small. Just dumb luck.

    5. lardin
      August 16th, 2011 | 2:22 pm

      @ Steve L.:

      Sure it might be dumb luck, but no one else wanted them.

    6. August 16th, 2011 | 2:51 pm

      lardin wrote:

      Sure it might be dumb luck, but no one else wanted them.

      And, that’s it. To get production from TWO guys who 29 other teams said “Nah, no thanks” to is really, really, getting lucky.

    7. Scout
      August 16th, 2011 | 3:39 pm

      As someone once said, “I’d rather be lucky than good. Luck is more consistent.”

    8. Raf
      August 16th, 2011 | 6:27 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      IIRC, they tried to include Cano is a few deals – Seattle, Arizona? – and no one would take him before 2005.

      Yes, they’ve tried several times according to this article.

    9. K-V-C
      August 16th, 2011 | 6:32 pm

      Give some credit to the manager!

      How is that Saint Clueless Joe Torre got all the credit with his teams and Girardi gets none?

      Girardi has all the problems listed above, and has lost 10 of 12 to the Red Sox and yet still has this team in FIRST PLACE!

    10. Evan3457
      August 16th, 2011 | 7:54 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      IIRC, they tried to include Cano is a few deals – Seattle, Arizona? – and no one would take him before 2005.
      But, 100%, I give Cashman credit for Nova, Gardner, Robertson and Swisher. Granderson too – although I still suspect there’s something unnatural going on there.
      I still have a hard time giving Cashman credit for Colon and Garcia. Colon was a Hail Mary that was caught in the end zone. Garcia had less risk. But, he’s also performed much better than anyone could have expected.
      They’re this years Chacon and Small. Just dumb luck.

      With Garcia, they’ve been lucky.
      With Colon, Pena gave Cashman a top-line recommendation, having managed him in winter ball, and Cashman acted on it. The only lucky part there was that Colon played for Pena’s team (or in Pena’s league, however you want to put it).

    11. Evan3457
      August 16th, 2011 | 7:56 pm

      K-V-C wrote:

      Give some credit to the manager!
      How is that Saint Clueless Joe Torre got all the credit with his teams and Girardi gets none?
      Girardi has all the problems listed above, and has lost 10 of 12 to the Red Sox and yet still has this team in FIRST PLACE!

      This is very true, especially Girardi rebuilding the pen on the fly AGAIN after Soriano, Feliciano and Joba all went down with injuries this year. It’s true Wade’s been better than anyone would’ve expected, but Joe sorted through his options, and kept guys from getting overworked (except possibly Robertson), and the result is the best pen in the league again.

    12. August 16th, 2011 | 9:15 pm

      K-V-C wrote:

      Give some credit to the manager!!

      Agreed, 1,000,000%

    13. Evan3457
      August 17th, 2011 | 12:09 am

      Back into first! :D
      (By a lil’ ol’ half-game.)

    14. throwstrikes
      August 17th, 2011 | 6:59 am

      Glass half negative approach making a list of the struggles first instead of the successes. Not surprised.

    15. throwstrikes
      August 17th, 2011 | 7:00 am

      @ throwstrikes:

      EDIT: Glass half empty negative approach

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