Afternoon Notes: Pitching, Nova, Injury News (or lack of), Angels

Good afternoon all. Here are some mid afternoon links.

  • According to Joel Sherman, “Pitching will be primary target as Yankees seek to upgrade roster”. Here are some snip-its from the article:

“We are a championship-caliber-contending team with areas of need that I need to work on,” general manager Brian Cashman said in assessing the first third of the season. “We are going to have to continue to look for ways to improve our pitching.”

From all I have heard, the Yankees currently do not imagine pursuing a significant bat between now and July 31 (so we can close the Carlos Beltran rumors for a bit). Instead, they see signs of life up and down the order everywhere but from Jorge Posada. And they feel that if the DH ultimately has to be changed that could come internally from Eric Chavez getting healthy, Jesus Montero being promoted or Eduardo Nunez playing the field more to allow Alex Rodriguez, in particular, to DH more frequently.

Cashman badly wants to add a lefty reliever because the farm system does not have many (if any) options. But it could be the Yankees will just have to wait to see if Feliciano and, perhaps late in the year, Damaso Marte can return.

Thus, for the next third of the season Cashman will — as expected — be fixed on upgrading his rotation, although the Yankees currently are the only AL East team with four qualified starters (CC Sabathia, Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia and A.J. Burnett) with ERAs below 4.00.

“Overall, the pitching is going to be the defining thing for us,” Cashman said. “The pitching has excelled, but it is not wise or prudent to sit back and try not to reinforce and improve on it.”

  • From Lohud, Joe Girardi has said that Ivan Nova’s job is not on the line tonight. Article HERE. This may be what Girardi said…but I wouldn’t say that Nova’s job security is too good right now. He has been very inconsistent, and much less consistent than he needs to be.
  • Also via Lohud: According to Brian Cashman, there is no new news regarding injured Yankees. This isn’t a great sign, but at least there hasn’t been any new bad news.
  • If you didn’t hear already, the Angels flight from Kansas City to Orange County had to make an emergency landing late Wednesday night. Here’s an article on it from the LA Times.

Have a good afternoon. Really nice weather today. Hopefully you can get outside and enjoy it.

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Mike D. is one of 2 co-founders of the Yankees Fans Unite Blog. He has been a Yankees fan for as long as he can remember, growing up in a family of huge NYY fans. His knowledge of the game comes from watching baseball his whole life, and playing third base in high school and college.

Posted on June 3, 2011, in Injuries, Misc. News, Signing & Trade Speculation and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Nova needs to pitch stong. Make it past the 5th inning to show the Yankees he can do this. Silvia is in AAA just waiting to take a spot in the rotation.

  2. What Nova needs is for his defense to make the plays they should easily make! If they did he would have a few more innings pitched and a few less earned runs against him.

    • I’ll go with that as well. But it also seems that each hitter he face has 3 pitches for balls outside of the zone.

      Wouldn’t you say he needs to throw more strikes?

      you know way more way on this topic though so i yield to you Dan.

      • Matt the way I look at it is he’s a rookie that will be squeezed. He will not get calls on close pitches. I like Nova a lot and believe he’ll be a good starter eventually. There is nothing wrong with having Nova as your number 5 starter.

        • Dan How’s it going big guy?
          I agree, Nova could be a good pitcher someday, as for being squeezed…we can see that happening every year a rookie shows up.
          I think he will gain enough trust in his other pitches, with a lot of work and time put into them. Two pitch pitchers belong in the BP not in the rotation.
          What is your take on Noesi? I like him, he and Nova are about the same age.

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