• Cashman: Yanks Gearing Up For ALDS & Using Deception

    Posted by on October 3rd, 2010 · Comments (9)

    Via Kevin Kernan

    General manager Brian Cashman said setting up the roster is a bit like a Triple Crown race.

    “It’s kind of like the Derby, Preakness, Belmont, races are longer, shorter,” he said. “We won the long race in terms of qualification, whether it’s the wild card or Eastern Division title. Now we have a shorter race we have to run in a five-game set, so your roster strengths get analyzed differently or get weighted differently.”

    When he was asked what he makes of the way his horses have limped to the finish line, Cashman, showing his TV side, said, “I liken it to the Brady Bunch and when they had the phony football playbook. If you are advance scouting us here in September, I think we are holding back all our big plays.”

    Branch Rickey, Brian Cashman, is not. Any time he’s hinting that he’s trying to out-smart anyone, be afraid Yankeeland. Be very, very, afraid.

    Comments on Cashman: Yanks Gearing Up For ALDS & Using Deception

    1. JeremyM
      October 3rd, 2010 | 9:01 pm

      So were pitchers not throwing their best curveballs or something? Was A-Rod taking hanging breaking balls so that the scouts thought that was his weakness?

      So the AJ meltdown all comes clear. Heck, I assume Vazquez is our ace in the hole now- he’s deliberately been topping out at 85 and will now come in pushing it at 95+.

      What is Cashman talking about here?

    2. October 3rd, 2010 | 9:06 pm

      He’s talking about the fact that they frequently used their “B” relievers in big spots. That guys like Austin Kearns were given multiple chances in big spots. That Dustin Moseley, Ivan Nova, and Javy vazquez, none of whom will be starting in the postseason, pitched plenty of innings during this stretch, as did Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre.

    3. MJ Recanati
      October 3rd, 2010 | 10:58 pm

      @ yagottagotomo1:
      That being said, it’s still all a bunch of silliness. Pitching Gaudin where you’d normally pitch Wood or Robertson is hardly deceptive or “holding back.” It’s not like there are any surprises when Wood or Robertson pitch, right?

    4. October 3rd, 2010 | 11:06 pm

      I think you, or maybe all of us, are reading too much into this. It was basically a throwaway line, saying that if you are judging this team off of September you might be in for a surprise.

    5. RobertGKramer@AOL.Com
      October 3rd, 2010 | 11:50 pm

      We’ll all understand when we see Posada throw out all of the base stealers!!!

    6. KPOcala
      October 4th, 2010 | 12:33 am

      Call me crazy, but I think that one or more of those budding stars in the minors, on the 40 man roster is going to turn up in the playoffs. Justa hunch…

    7. MJ Recanati
      October 4th, 2010 | 8:58 am

      @ yagottagotomo1:
      That was my point. It’s a silly line by Cashman that has no meaning.

    8. 77yankees
      October 4th, 2010 | 8:13 pm

      Is Cashman coming down with Randy Levine and Lonn Trost-itis??

    9. Evan3457
      October 4th, 2010 | 10:15 pm

      77yankees wrote:

      Is Cashman coming down with Randy Levine and Lonn Trost-itis??

      No, he’s just giving a writer something to write.

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