Latest from the Winter Meetings:
– The Rangers traded RHP Kevin Millwood to the Orioles for reliever Chris Ray
– LHP Randy Wolf and RHP Latroy Hawkins both signed with the Milwaukee Brewers
– The Atlanta Braves GM officially stated that Rafael Soriano will be traded
– The Cardinals officially signed RHP Brad Penny
– The Marlins sent RHP Matt Lindstrom to the Astros for 2 minor leaguers and a Rule 5 pick
– 2004 Rookie of the Year SS Bobby Crosby signed with the Pirates
– The Phillies signed PH/1B Ross Gload
With Justin Duchscherer being reviewed with his mental problems, we turn to another high-risk, high-reward type pitcher in Erik Bedard. Yes, we all remember him as the guy who was traded from Baltimore to Seattle for soon-to-be All-Star Adam Jones and reliever George Sherrill, but obviously the trade didn’t go so well for the Mariners. Why you ask? Bedard started just 15 games in each of his two seasons in Seattle, going a combined 11-7 with a 3.24 ERA. In 2008, his season ended in June after tearing his labrum, an injury many doctors say a pitcher will never be able to return to true form from. The labrum is the joint that basically connects the arm to the shoulder and allows movement, so you can only imagine the pain. He had surgery in September and returned for Spring Training. In 2009, he left in June again after inflammation in the very same shoulder, and he missed the rest of the year. Note: He has been on the DL 6 times in the last 3 seasons.
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So, let us look back to the good old days when he was a strikeout machine. For the Orioles from 2004-2007 (and .2 innings in 2002) he went 40-34 (remember how below average the O’s have been this decade). A 3.94 ERA over that span; 658 innings, 639 strikeouts, including a team record 221 in 2007 (10.93 KPG) and walking just 254 [just over a 2.5-1 K-BB ratio]. He is a career 5-4 vs. Boston, 11-3 vs. Tampa Bay, but only 1-3 at Yankee Stadium as an opponent.
Now, seeing this, do we take the risk and go after the lefty? There’s a chance he could be a stud again, and there’s a chance he could get hurt again. Let’s face it..we need a starter for next year (more like two or three or four). Personally, I would rather go after someone like a Duchscherer, with Bedard next in line. Harden and Sheets (more Harden to me) are too great of risks to take, unless they remain free agents until late in the off-season. But if we want him, we better hurry, his drafter Baltimore is looking to sign him for some good money…
Sorry for the lack of updates lately i’ve been really busy.
I’m going to the Yankees game today and I’ll try to update after I get home.
ANYWAY here is a game preview for today’s game:
RHP Jeremy Guthrie (10-13, 4.96) AT LHP CC Sabathia (16-7, 3.40)
Guthrie is 1-3 vs. the Yankees this year and Sabathia is 3-1 against the Orioles. The Yankees are starting their regular nine today.
1. Jeter SS
2. Damon LF
3. Teixeira 1B
4. Rodriguez 3B
5. Matsui DH
6. Posada C
7. Cano 2B
8. Swisher RF
9. Cabrera CF
PREDICTION: Yankees win 7-4
Here is the series preview for the 3 game set in Baltimore:
Tonight: LHP Andy Pettitte (11-6, 4.18) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (9-12, 5.26)
Pettite has been-well-awesome lately. In his last start Pettite went 7 IP giving up 5 hits and 2 ER. In his last start against the Orioles Pettite got the no-decision going 7.1 IP 6 hits and 1 ER. Andy is 25-6 with a 3.65 ERA in his career against the Orioles. Guthrie got the loss in his last start against the Yankees and is 3-4 with a 4.66 ERA career wise vs. the Bombers.
Tuesday: RHP A.J. Burnett (10-8, 4.10) vs. RHP David Hernandez (4-6, 4.24)
Burnett is 9-1 with a 4.61 ERA in his career vs. the O’s. Hernandez has been better than his numbers may indicate this year. Hernandez pitched 6 innings giving up 3 hits and 1 ER in his only career appearance vs. the Yankees.
Wednesday: LHP CC Sabathia (15-7, 3.56) vs. RHP Jason Berken (4-11, 6.33)
CC will look to continue his great pitching of late vs. the Orioles. CC is 7-1 with a 2.55 ERA vs. the Orioles career wise, while Berken is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in one career start vs. the Yankees.
TONIGHT: Yankees win 6-2
TUESDAY: Orioles win 7-4
WEDNESDAY: Yankees win 9-2