The Official 2006 New York Yankees Thread!

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by FinsNYanksFan13, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. FinsNYanksFan13

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    Monday night, Randy Johnson vs. Barry Zito in Oakland.


    I spoke to Newsday's Jon Heyman on my radio show this past Tuesday and he said Randy Johnson looks 20 times better and more comfortable in camp this year then last year. He said his slider is biting like crazy and he expects a huge year from him (and he's been back and fourth from Yankees and Mets camps all spring). Not that his word means that Randy can avoid injury or that he is going to have another CY Young season but it certainly was good to hear, that I know!
     
  2. MikeO

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    He had a good year last year 17 wins for a guy in his 40's..........what more do ya want! This "myth" that sucked last year is a joke.

    1) He came back to the AL where you face killer lineups every game. No more easy NL lineups where you get a free pass every game for the most part. It took time to adjust.

    2) The man is in his 40's! He isn't going to be the same pitcher he was in his late 20's or 30's. Father time does catch up.

    3) Late in the season and playoffs he was actually pitching at a very high level.

    If he gives the Yanks 17-20 wins, that is great and you can't expect anything more. He needs to cut down on giving up the long-ball, but Randy Johnson isn't a concern for the Yanks going into the season.
     
  3. MikeO

    MikeO Premium Member Donator

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    The BEST thing the Yanks got going for them this year is now they have a guy (Bernie) who can play all 3 outfield positions and play them well. This spring he has played LF and RF like he has been there for 15 years. Which means expect to see Matsui and especially Sheff get a lot of time at the DH spot. Help keep them fresh for Sep/October.

    In the past Sierra couldn't play the field a lick and Crosby is a liability with his bat so OF depth was a huge problem. Aside from middle relief which is a crap-shoot in and of itself, the only place where I see the Yanks as being thin is back-up 1B. Because there will be a bunch of games where Joe will want Giambi to DH and have a better glove at 1B. Not to mention numerous games to spell Bernie when Bernie plays the field in previous games. And come mid-season if the pitching is healthy (they have 7 starting pitchers), I wouldn't be shocked to see Pavano moved for someone who can play 1B.
     
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    Don't play yourself MikeO, Randy Johnson's ERA was in the 4's until the last month of the season or so and he was getting taken deep at a real high pace. The Yankees didn't give him a 32 million dollar contract extension for him to be good, they paid him that to be DOMINANT. Randy Johnson is the least of the Yankees concernes going into the season, I agree but don't act like Yankees fans should be satisfied with what we got from him last year. It's just like they say, the Yankees pay guys to perform in the post-season and with what Randy Johnson did against the Angels in game 3, he robbed us. Randy Johnson was our most consistant starter last year, I agree again but he wasn't the reason why the Yankees won the divison. It was the guys like Wang, Small, and Chacon stepping up, not because of Randy Johnson!
     
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    an ERA of around 4.00 in the AL is good!
     
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    are you talking about the fact that the pitcher hits in the NL? Or are you saying that the NL has bad line-ups overall?
     
  7. MikeO

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    The NL has bad lineups overall.
     
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    I'm sorry but I just don't buy it. I can't see why the Boss and Cashman would give the unit a 2 year 32 million dollar contract extension for a 4 ERA. They gave him that to be dominant, end of story and a 4 ERA is not dominant!
     
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    hopefully the yanks go 0-162.
     
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    Nice to see my playoff B!t**es(Angels fan here) have started a new thread for this year.:tongue:j/k

    Glad BB season is starting,makes waiting for Football a little more tolerable.

    Btw please start the season by sweeping the A's for me.:D
     
  11. MikeO

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    The A's usually don't roll over and play dead till October. They might win a couple this week!
     
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    :chuckle:
     
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    YANKEES ALL THE WAY THIS YEAR!!!! this could potentialy be an awesome year: yankees 06 champs, heat 06 champs, and most importantly DOLPHINS SB 41 CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Prime Time Screw You Guys..Im Goin Home!!!

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    That I do agree with. But Yankees will make the playoffs and that is when they need him the most, and that is usually when he catches on fire.
     
  15. FaninPatsyLand

    FaninPatsyLand Welcome to Fenway

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    Except in the Divisional Series. The guy has been borderline brutal in first round matchups throughout his career.
     
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    According to Yankees.com, rain may delay the opener!
     
  17. unifiedtheory

    unifiedtheory Thank you #54...

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    Nothing like bringing up the past...like usual.

    Our immortal Yankees homer fails to mention that the A's that rolled over and choked in round 1 of the playoffs the last three times they made it to the playoffs are TOTALLY different then the current Oakland A's.

    There are 3 players left on the A's roster from the last time they made the playoffs, Zito, Chavez and Harden...and Harden was a 21 year old rookie that year.

    Saying the A's trend towards October failure when the make up of the team is TOTALLY different is like calling the Patriots playoff chokers because they got killed in Super Bowl 20....

    Keep living in the past my friend. With your pitching staff you'll need the past.
     
  18. unifiedtheory

    unifiedtheory Thank you #54...

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    Cloudy with a chance of showers.
     
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    Exactly, the A's trend of October failures is over. Now they just don't make the playoffs! :sidelol:
     
  20. unifiedtheory

    unifiedtheory Thank you #54...

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    Let the fun ensue...

    A laughable payroll, Rich Harden misses 15 starts, Bobby Crosby misses 70+ games, a rookie closer (after Dotel blew his elbow up), two rookie starting pitchers, a rookie DH and a rookie right fielder.

    They still had a good year, erasing a double didget lead by the Angels to stay in it until the final week. The injuries and youth caught up to them in the end.

    I'm not making excuses. I was impressed with my A's last year. They had a good year in a rebuilding year.

    Laugh now...they are a different team this year. With health and any offense what so ever they'll be in the hunt in October....THEN we can discuss October gag jobs.
     
  21. FinsNYanksFan13

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    Just remember, to gag in October you have to be playing in October. Hopefully we'll see you there since we know that if we play the A's, we'll be moving on!
     
  22. unifiedtheory

    unifiedtheory Thank you #54...

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    No worries there...I just want the A's to make the playoffs...

    I'll take Zito, Harden, Blanton and Haren over whatever raisins the Yankees will trot out there in a 5 game series though...
     
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    I'm just busting your chops bro, it's a long season and anything can happen. You guys got a good team and your staff is disgusting. Good luck within your division this year. I'd much rather see you guys win it then the Angels for obvious reasons!
     
  24. unifiedtheory

    unifiedtheory Thank you #54...

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    :lol:
    Yes, the staff is nice but I'm always worried about Harden. Those oblique injuries with pitchers are always a pain in the ***. Haren and Blanton HAVE to build on fine rookie years. If they come out and **** the bed in April and May like last year it could trouble.

    At least you don't have to worry about offense. I have to rely on Frank Thomas being able to stay upright long enough to get 400 AB's and Milton Bradley to not go insane or my offense will be all Chavvy, Crosby and Johnson. Without production from Bradley and Thomas the A's offense is pop-gun...
     
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    No love for Nick Swisher?

    The guy is going to be a very good player. 21 homers in his rookie campaign is pretty damn impressive. And like you mentioned earlier, you guys have the best staff in baseball, bar none. The A's are for real this year (AL West Champions) if they can just stay healthy!

    Goodluck this year Unified.. I don't see you needing much of it with that staff. BTW, Milton Bradley may very well be insane, but he's an underrated ballplayer.. teamed up with Kotsay and Swisher, that's a very good outfield.
     
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    Swish is in a tough spot. He is not a very good defensive outfielder, but to get him and Dan Johnson their AB's he has to play left. Swisher is destined to play first base. I think he'll settle in there next year and Dan Johnson will be the full time DH.
     
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    will the yankees have another losing record against the d-rays this year? my guess is yes.
     
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    Damon K's in his debut in pinstripes!
     
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    :lol:

    Can't wait to read what he says in the papers about that one. Knowing Damon and his hard on for the Red Sox, he'll probably say "ah I didn't worry about it because Coco Ked in his first at bat too"
     
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    Johnny up with bases loaded. This should be fun!
     
  31. Rocky Raccoon

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    I guess A-Rod's knows it's not October...nice shot
     
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    Someone is jealous because their team takes 3 games to score 7 runs. :tongue:
     
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    :chuckle:

    just wait til the Subway Series :wink:
     
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    Subway Series? What's that? New commericals with Joe Torre and Will Randolph? :wink:

    Ok bad joke I'm sorry, I'm dying over here watching this Yankee killing.
     
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    11-1. 3 run homerun by Matsui!
     
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  37. King Felix

    King Felix live it up have no worries

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    my guess is no baltimore just put 9 runs against the rays. yankees could put up 20.
     
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    King Felix live it up have no worries

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    swisher is gonna get JACKED up
     
  39. unifiedtheory

    unifiedtheory Thank you #54...

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    I love it when you talk positively about a team for weeks and then, in a span of 30 minutes they make you look like a total moron...:tantrum:

    The dream of going 162-0 is now dead.:sidelol:
     
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    nothin better than the a's losing.... buts like a no win situation for this game since i hate both teams.
     

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