Baseball Toaster was unplugged on February 4, 2009.
According to Tyler Kepner in the New York Times, Jorge Posada could be out for the year.
If Jorge is out for the year, and Matsui too, there is only one way to carry Molina's "bat" in the lineup and think about the playoffs.
Please sign Barry Bonds, haste post haste.
Shes daughter to the mayor,
Messin with the sheriff,
Drivin in a blue car,
She dont see no red light.
Shes comin in the mornin
Lookin a disaster,
Drivin in the prowl car,
Spent the night in jail.
Sheriff gonna go far
Drivin to the state house,
If she makes a million,
Papa can retire.
Sky. Falling. Aaaaaaaaaaaah! Run for the hills!
(the part that was holding out any hope for the slim chance of a playoff run.)
Can someone start a frigin online petition or something to sign Bonds. Mats had me past the point of indifference (in favor), now I'm rabidly in favor.
i feel as though they'd been walking the tightrope for a while. IF this is what is happening, this might have been the deathblow.
...but what the heck do i know?
But don't get me wrong, I normally love the red-assedness of our second-in-command.
might not be our year...
still, we can make up an awful lot of ground this week vs. the twinkies and shit sox, if we can somehow pull out some victories. not looking great w/ gardner & leche in the OF and ponsoon & razzle fizzle on the bump... : /
What is the worst that can happen? He sucks?
And look, Jorge wasn't hitting that well and he obviously can't catch until he gets this thing fixed, so everyone's better off if he gets ready for the start of 09.
If Po can't hit, then shut him down for the year. That still leaves Molina as C with Moeller as BUC. That leaves a hole at DH, to be filled in the short run by the Betemit-Sexson wonder-duo.
Damon will be back soon, which will either displace Betemit-Sexson from DH (if Johnny can't play the field), or displace Gardner from LF.
In either case, Moeller is going to be absorbing ABs for the rest of the season, unless Cashman can swing a trade for Greg Zaun or whatever. Also, in any case there is going to be room for one more bat, either a legit DH or a legit corner OF.
Many will cry for Bonds, and from a baseball perspective he makes sense for this year--though I am still skeptical that he will be ready to play all that soon. But anyway, let's get more creative. I would be in favor of trading some MiL pitching for a younger OF who will stay for a few years, and replace Abreu when he gets dumped after the season.
Let me bridge the last thread and this one.
Rob Neyer points out that:
"Well, the Rangers, right now, have four MLB-ready catchers. They have 24-year-old Teagarden, who didn't hit in the minors this season, but is regarded as a fine defender and entered the season as the Rangers' No. 4 prospect. They have 23-year-old Max Ramirez, who's sort of Teagarden's mirror: there are real questions about his glove, but almost none about his bat. And of course they've still got Gerald Laird, an established major leaguer, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who's struggled in the majors but is seven months younger than Ramirez."
What do the Rangers always need? Pitching!
i'll bet money right now that the 4th & 5th starters (combined) will be league average (for their slots).
it's the bats.
we won't win averaging 2.5 runs a game unless koufax and gibson come walking through that door
I'm still rooting against the Rays.
that say to me it's directly affecting his ability to drive the ball. if so, there's no reason for pitchers to not attack him, which means that pretty obp isn't going to last long ...
somebody on the yankees' payroll must have been realistic about this situation to keep moeller around so long.
damon has to get in the field asap to get gardner (or nod to the melk detratctors, melky) out of the lineup.
then another bat has to emerge from somwehere - or this playoff thing ain't going to happen this year.
Everyone else needs to step up their offense.
until he proves this disastrous season wrong and that he CAN pitch successfully in the bigs (hell, successfully in AAA would be a start), he's just not a very valuable chit.
As you point out, Posada is probably toast, so then shut him down for the year. This also improves the chances that he is healthy for the start of 2009.
Even so, Molina will C, and Damon will DH for now, leaving the same hole in the lineup at corner OF. When Damon goes back in the field, then Sexson-Betemit will DH.
This leave the team few options to improve: 1. get a catcher who can hit some, whose bat outweighs Molina's glove. 2. get a legit corner OF/DH.
1. Will be difficult and costly.
2. Cries out for Bonds, even though I hope against that for personal, irrational reasons. A solution could also be found by trading pitching talent to the Pirates, for one of their corner OFs, as OYF brought up the other day.
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