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Top Ten Tuesdays: Surpriiiiiiiiise!!!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Don't look now, but May is almost over, and the season is starting to pick up steam (it's more than a quarter over!). Since we're now heading into summer, it's the right time to look back and discuss the surprises - good and bad - that have affected our dear team thus far this season. There have been untimely injuries (estoy llorando), slumps aplenty, and even a good old fashioned temper tantrum - losing record or not, the Yanks have been fun to watch.

Top Ten Yankee Surprises

10) Phil Hughsie sucking
9) Cano's slumperific start
8) Giambino's slumptastic start
7) Girardi's hot-streak-igniting tirade (take note, Willy Randolph, if you want to continue being gainfully employed)
6) A-Rod stuck on the sidelines
5) The sub-.500 record (am I the only one who expected better?!)
4) I-Ken blowing it
3) Jorgie Porgie Pudding and Pie's extended vacation at the DL Resort and Casino
2) Hot Matso Ball Soup! (.331 average and .410 OPB)
1) Darrell Rasner's Aaron Small-esque outta-nowhere contributions.

Read last week's Top Ten: Yankees Plus Points

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Tuesday, May 27, 2008  
5 Comments:
  • At 12:40 PM, Blogger Clay said…

    Ah, the power of slugging and on-base-percentage. Even during Giambi's poor April, he was still essentially an average offensive player, due to his walks and only ever hitting homers and doubles (.244 isolated power in April!)

    Cano? He just stunk.

     
  • At 1:35 PM, Blogger Nesto said…

    I don't understand why I-Ken has been a bigger disappointment then Hughes. Is this based on the whole Santana ordeal ? This is I-Ken's first real season, what were you expecting Dwight Gooden.

    Oh Cano does stink..I think Knoblauch is still availible.

     
  • At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Joe said…

    @Nesto - Seeing as how both Kennedy and Hughes were so highly regarded, I for one was expecting a hell of a lot more than what we're seeing. Should've dumped him and Hughes when we had the chance. Trade value on those two are sinking by the day.

    Let's face it. The Yankees have never relied so heavily on young talent. Sure, we've had the likes of Jeter, Rivera, Posada etc., come up through the system but they were never thrown into highly responsible tasks such as the #4 and #5 starer role.

    I have to say that this is one season where I really regret us not making some big moves.

     
  • At 4:50 AM, Anonymous Brian said…

    What are you kidding me? There was more to the Santana deal than just hughes and kennedy. One of the packages included Wang, and both included Cabrera (Who I wouldn't trade for Santana straight up, but thats just me). Even if santana was pitching was well as he was, if we got Garner to pick up where Melky left off, and he slumped just as bad as Hughes/I-ken, then Cash woulda been yelled at for making the deal. Not only does keeping away from Santana give us unlimited time with our youngsters, but we also have bank for next season. The Yankees biggest mistake of the off season wasn't not pulling the trigger on santana, it was having a mentality of "If we don't get Santana then we'll just resign Pettitte and thats that." There was prime pitching on the market and the Yankees could have picked any of them. Now I know you can't predict a pitchers season before it starts, but sign a couple free agent arms for a few mil, would it have really killed the yankees to try to get Livan? Colon? Prior? Any starter that would be able to give the kids some competition for the 5th start, instead of relying on them to carry our season.

     
  • At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Joe said…

    Brian,

    Sorry but you don't just pass up the best pitcher in baseball for a mediocre outfielder and two unproven, inexperienced starting pitchers.

    As for the package that included Wang, don't get me wrong, I love the guy and he's a great player but Wang is not an ace.

    Let's face it, the Yankees are a "this year" team, not a "next year" team. Always have been, always will be. Dump the two kids while they're worth half of what they were last year.

    You mentioned Colon and Prior. How are those guys doing this year?

     
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