Yankees continue to spin their wheels sitting at .500 yet again. As mediocre as this month has been, they still are only two back of the (gulp) Rays and the Red Sox. It's April, it's early, but no one in the East is playing at an impressive level yet.
Perhaps we were a tad early in designating Chad Moeller for assignment? It looks like Jorge is headed to the DL with this shoulder thing. I'm not sure what the rules are in this instance, but is there any restriction as to the Yanks re-signing Moeller or do they have to wait and see if he clears waivers first?
I"m of the opinion that Joe Girardi is over managing the games right now. You have to go with a core lineup to build some trust and chemistry amongst your players and yet he continues to juggle the lineup day in and day out. And on a related topic, you don't sit a pro like Matsui (.324, 4HRs, .430 OBP) two days in a row just because a lefty is on the mound. Let these guys play and see where the chips fall.
I feel bad for Brian Bruney. The man was stepping it up big time before the injury to the foot. Best case scenario is that he rejoins the team mid September. Chris Britton comes up to take his place.
Melkey Cabrera may have had the game winning and only run on Sunday, but I think he's got to go. He has talent, but is inconsistent and doesn't bring it day in and day out - he's unprofessional in that regard. Saturday's game he put in probably the worst AB I have ever seen at the MLB level (2 lame bunt attempts, then a half swing at the third strike with a runner in scoring position). With as well as Damon, Matsui and Abreu have been playing, and with guys like Jackson, Tabata, and Gardener in the system, I would not be opposed to trading Cabrera for a quality lefty, a couple of prospects, or training equipment and eye black. Simply put, he has peaked, reminds me of Roberto Kelley - ship him out and get something before the rest of the league figures it out.
Kennedy finished strong on Saturday and has earned another shot to take the hill. If he fails to show improvement at his next go, he heads down, then one of the big three (Karstens, Rassner or Igawa) gets a shot. It'd be nice to be able to get a start out of the 5 spot that last longer than 4 innings every now and then.
Anyone surprised at this stat?: A-Rod is batting less than .150 with runners in scoring position. He's not alone, the Yanks are in the bottom 4 of the AL when it comes to batting average with runners in scoring position. - we do better there, and suddenly we'll be at .650 and in the division lead. Until then, I think .500 may be an all too familiar sight.
Hard to believe May is on our doorstep already.
Draft: The results are in, and USC is now the official minor league affiliate of the NFL (10 players drafted). Matt Ryan and the clown from Louisville is the next version of Joey Harrington no doubt about it. Colt Brennan (6th round) will emerge as the QB star of the draft inside of two seasons. Given Polian's track record I'm sure the Colts will have proven to have had the best draft (including selecting Division III's Pierre Garcon from Mount Union). The Giants first three picks are all raw talent (they picked the wrong Safety in Round 1 though) but are of questionable character. We'll see what develops as they are following a tough rookie class. And, I was glad to see no Shockey trade. With their pick of another WR, I think it is very likely that Sinorice Moss will be let go and classified as a bust. The Bills did well in their first two rounds. And finally, I don't know if this draft was crucial to the Pats '08 success, but clearly they are thinking ahead and planning for a world without Bruschi or Vrabel trading up for a couple of backers.
Worth watching: Alec Baldwin's best of SNL is airing Tuesday night on NBC.
That's it, have a great week.