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Aces Or Jokers

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The AL East is not a pitcher friendly division, and the crushing offenses  have left many a  ruin in it’s wake.. Two  casualties have been Boston’s clay Buchholz and the Bomber’s Michael Pineda..

The Red Sox fans won’t have Clay Buchholz to  kick around anymore, he gone!

 In what could be the pre-cursor to another Big Dombrowski acquisition, Boston flipped the enigmatic righty to  the Phillies for a fringe minor leaguer

Buchholz in his walk year, was on the Boston books for $13.5M, Philly now picks up  that money, and the Red Sox gain much needed salary flexibility .

Red Sox claim they had an overstocked rotation, and  that  was the impetus for them  trading Buchholz for a minor league spare part.. Even  the Boston media isn’t buying that  doozy..

Either John Henry was getting  nervous about going over the Lux Cap  for the 3rd straight yr which would up his penalty rate to  40%, or as Encarnacion’s market crashes, Boston is preparing to  swoop in and sign the Parrot Walker

Boston  would lose a late first  round pick if they ink one of Encarnacion, Bautista, or Trumbo..The Cherington regime threw draft picks around like they  were manhole covers, but the Big Dombrowski has used all but 2 of the coveted prospects like poker chips, cashing them in for All Star caliber MLB talent creating a 3 year win now team

The Red Sox are already  too RHB heavy, adding one of the three  pricy DH type players would add to that potential unbalanced line-up, so  we’ll see how the Big Dombrowski deals with his analytics department …

Busted For DRA?

Bryan Hoch, Bomber beat  reporter for the dug into Michael Pineda’s insanely erratic peripherals and talked to Jonathan Judge of Baseball Prospectus, creator of the metric DRAin an attempt to close the gap between runs charged and what a pitcher deserved.

For example, opponents raked Pineda to a .325/.383/.598 split with two outs; the AL average was .242/.318/.403. His cutter was hammered to a .347 average this past year, as Pineda set career highs in innings pitched (175 2/3), starts (32), strikeouts (207), losses and home runs allowed.

“He is bewildering to me; I can only imagine what the Yankees must think,” Judge said. “He does all of these things that, for most pitchers, are the keys to being absolutely dominant. When he’s not striking guys out, he really seems to be serving up some pretty hard hits.

“I’m sure part of it is pitching in Yankee Stadium; he seems to struggle there, kind of like David Price has struggled to adjust to Fenway a bit. It could also be that he’s a bit unlucky, although I’ll note that he’s now going on two years in a row of doing things that DRA really likes and not really having the results.”

Unlucky or not, Pineda is the most frustrating pitcher we’ve seen start for the Yanks in quite  a while and like Buchholz, Pineda is in his walk  year, so there is a very good chance Big Mike will be wearing different laundry come August 2017.

“It’s a lot harder to make an ordinary pitcher into a strikeout pitcher than it is to make a strikeout pitcher into a decent everyday pitcher,” Judge said. “It seems to suggest that he does have the ability to be great.

That’s what  we’re hoping some GM at the deadline thinks, and he hands over a few very good young prospects for the “Potential Ace”


Written by Sal

December 21, 2016 at 8:22 am

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  1. Sal

    December 21, 2016 at 8:49 am

  2. I don’t know, the Pizza Rats, really?? smh

    And they turned down my name the Staten Island Ferry’s, those ferryboat rides are legendary…..!


    December 21, 2016 at 8:56 am

  3. Thank you Cashman and Thank you Cleveland Indians Goody 2 Shoes , He Gone!


    December 21, 2016 at 8:57 am

  4. as of now the bombers LHP relievers are
    Tommy Layne
    Chasen Shreve
    Richard Bleier
    Dietrich Enns
    Joe Mantiply (re-signed to minor league deal)
    Jason Gurka (signed to minor league deal)

    good question, do the Yanks really need a LH reliever?? The best pure hitter in this bunch is Benintendi, and Chris Davis will hit it out if you make a mistake regardless what hand you throw with….

    Blue Jays: Ezequiel Carrera
    Orioles: Chris Davis, Hyun-Soo Kim
    Rays: Corey Dickerson, Kevin Kiermaier, Brad Miller
    Red Sox: Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., Mitch Moreland


    December 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm

  5. Looks like all the right handed gidrools are gone-lol Nice article by Davidoff about Yanks having the worst ops at 2 positions-1b and rf.


    December 21, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    • lol hey big D, Cashman is a gidrool junkie, yes he drained the RH gidrool swamp, but now he can refill it….

      I’m caught between the agony of watching more gidrools, and never having to use the gidrool moniker ever again….



      December 22, 2016 at 7:12 am

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