Showing posts with label Charlie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Charlie. Show all posts

Monday, June 15, 2009

Bullpen Moves

TheYankees are in pretty good shape right now. They're only two games behind Boston for the division and three games ahead of the Angels, Toronto, and Tampa for the Wild Card. If not for their miserable record against the Red Sox, they'd be sitting on top of the AL East with a comfortable lead. However, they have some obvious flaws and we're at the point in the season were the sample sizes are starting to become large enough for some use.

Its pretty obvious that some players are just not getting the job done and their are other guys languishing away in the minor leagues, waiting for a shot. Jose Veras, Phil Coke (more on him later), and Brett Tomko have just been awful. Replacing them with a few guys that can actually pitch would go a long way towards solving our bullpen issues.

First of all, we have the obvious. Brian Bruney will make his return tomorrow and if he can pitch anything like he did last year and the start of this year, he will quickly find his way back to the eight inning role (although I could change my mind tomorrow on that). I have high hopes for Bruney and believe that he, not Melancon or Joba, will be the next Yankees closer. His fastball velocity has steadily been rising over the years and at 27, is in the prime of his career.

Next is Mark Melancon to most Yankees fans he is the heir apparent to Mariano Rivera. I was calling for his promotion last September and now I definitely think he's ready. He didn't really get much of a shot in his brief ML stint this year but I think with time he will establish himself as a reliable cog in that bullpen. Anthony Claggett and Edwar Ramirez would also be in line for this spot.

Finally, we need a guy that can go multiple innings to take Tomko's place. That guy, for me, is Sergio Mitre. He has two good starts under his belt now in AAA and about nine innings of A ball in which he posted an FIP of 2.45. In his last ML stint in Florida, since then he's been hurt, he posted a deceptively high, but still solid, ERA of 4.65. I say deceptively high because his FIP was two ticks under four.

I doubt Coke will go because his ERA is low and he has earned Girardi's trust but Tomko and Veras for Mitre and Bruney would be an excellent trade off. I really don't care how good Veras' stuff is, he doesn't get outs and that's the bottom line.

BTW, this is the 1,000th post on the Chuck Knoblog. Its come a long way since I first joined Charlie and Nate back in August of last year and even longer since Nate launched the latest and greatest unnecesary Yankees blog. Its been great and I hope we can keep going for another 1,000 posts.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009

Nate and I are in a competitive keeper league with a few of our buddies. The draft just finished up a little while ago and this is how we made out:

Charlie's Team- Reining Champ

Suck of the Irish

Batting
C- Geovany Soto
1B- Albert Pujols
2B- Dan Uggla
3B- Garrett Atkins
SS- Hanley Ramirez
OF- Adam Dunn
OF- Vernon Wells
OF- Shane Victorino
UTIL- Alex Gordon
Bench- Edwin Encarnacion

Pitchers

P- Cole Hamels
P- Brandon Webb
P- Jon Lester
SP- Carlos Zambrano
SP- Scott Kazmir
RP- Jose Valverde
RP- Carlos Marmol
Bench- Fausto Carmona
Bench- Brandon Morrow
Bench- Brandon Lyon
Bench- Jair Jurrjens

Nate's Team- Last Year's Runner Up

Honey Nut Ichiro's
Batting
C- Ryan Doumit
1B- Adrian Gonzalez
2B- Ian Kinsler
3B- Chipper Jones
SS- Jimmy Rollins
OF- Vladimir Guerrero
OF- Ichiro Suzuki
OF- Corey Hart
UTIL- Jayson Werth
Bench- Mark DeRosa
Bench- Nelson Cruz

Pitching
P- CC Sabathia
P- Tim Lincecum
P- Kevin Slowey
SP- Roy Halladay
SP- Matt Cain
RP- Francisco Rodriguez
RP- Matt Capps
Bench- Heath Bell
Bench- Joel Hanrahan
Bench- Andy Sonnanstine

Here are last years lineups.

Tell us in the comments whose team is better.

Friday, February 20, 2009

My Ticket Bill Has Arrived

Well after an offseason of worrying that I would not get my Yankee ticket plan (which I have had for 11 years) back because of the new stadium. Today however my bill has come and though they moved my seats, I am content. I used to have seats in the back row on the bottom floor of the 3rd base side. Now I have been moved to some of my favorite seats in the ballpark. Section 421, Row 12 seats, 11-14. The upper deck (especially near the middle) gives a great view of the entire field. Also people up there are just all around funnier. Here is an idiot proof map:
















For a 15 game saturday plan (4 seats) the total is $1,525.  
View from Old Seats:












View From New Seats:












Did I get swindled: Yes
I just want to have tickets in the new ballpark but I do not condone what the Yankees are doing to the loyal little guy.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Fantasy Update!!!

Now that the Fantasy baseball season is coming to an end I thought I would give an update about how our league panned out. Nate got the first seed from me going into the playoffs and I was stuck with the second seed. In the first week of the playoffs Nate and I both tied our opponents but we moved on because we had the higher seed. Now Nate and I are battling it out in the finals for the 1st place prize! Right now I am winning 5-4-1. I will update you once the week is over (by then I will have crushed Nate with the iron left fist of Cole Hamels)