Come on, Yankees. Just trade Joba

Joba Chamberlain is still a Yankee… and sometimes you have to wonder why!

Seriously… the Yankees could have used him to acquire Johan Santana.
I bet he could have fetched Cliff Lee… twice.
Or Roy Halladay.

They kept him instead of getting Dan Haren.

Why?

Seriously! Why hold on to this pitcher who is clearly regressing? Why hold on to him so he can be shifted back and forth from the pen to the rotation to where now he is actually no longer good at either?
He was a mediocre starter last year… and this year the Yankees can only hope he can RISE to the level of mediocrity as a reliever.
He coughed up a homer to Scott Podsednik which is hard to do.
Near the beginning of July he LOWERED his ERA to an inexcusable for a reliever 4.95.
In less than 2 weeks, it climbed back up to 5.95… which is “Can we send him back to AAA?” territory.
Have you noticed that the Yankees are pursuing either a #4 starter or a set up man? Wasn’t Joba supposed to fill ONE of those roles?
Back in March I suggested the Yankees trade Chamberlain just out of mercy.
About a month ago, I suggested the Yankees swap him for another underachiever, Franklin Morales.
But now I am saying “Yankees… keeping Joba instead of trading him for an established star pitcher is insane.”
He’s been with the team over the past 4 seasons and is regressing.
Yeah, he’s only 24 years old, but shouldn’t he be showing signs of being even an adequate big league pitcher at this point?
Next time someone offers you an ace caliber pitcher and Joba is the centerpiece of the puzzle… take the trade.
Or keep him. Most pennant contenders would rather have a mop up man with an unsightly ERA to a #1 starter.

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Welcome back Wakes and THANK YOU PAPI!!!!!


Tim Wakefield last pitched for the Red Sox on July 8th when he was named to his first All Star Game and looked like the Ace of the staff. Wakefield won that day against the Oakland A’s…

The Sox were 51-33 at the end of that day… 1 game ahead of the Yankees.
They had the best record in the American League and the second best in baseball behind the Dodgers.

Since then the Red Sox are 21-20 and have fallen 6 games back of the Yankees and are scrambling for their playoff lives!

Coincidence?

Well needless to say it was a welcome sight seeing Wakes return. But as anyone who has watched him pitch over these last 15 seasons knows, you need to hold your breath a little when he pitches.

Breathe easy Sox fans! Wakes looked awesome. 7 innings, 1 run and Victor Martinez did OK behind the plate.

But sadly Wakes is no closer to surpassing Clemens and Cy Young for the All Time Wins leader in Red Sox history. Thank YOU Ramon Ramirez for letting up a tater to Scott Podsednik of all people!

Big Papi to the rescue with his second homer… and with the Yanks up 9-2, the Sox could scrape 2 off the magic number.

All I know is I was grinding my teeth when the game was tied, so this must be yet ANOTHER dodged bullet!

DODGED A BULLET GAMES – 20

April 17 – 10-8 win against Orioles. (Overcame 7-0 deficit.)
April 24 – 5-4 win against Yankees. (Bay homers off of Rivera in 9th to tie it.)
April 25 – 16-11 win against Yankees. (Overcame 6-0 deficit.)
April 29 – 6-5 win at Cleveland. (Overcame 5-0 deficit.)
May 12 – 4-3 win at Anaheim. (Down 3-1 in the 8th.)
June 11 – 4-3 win against Yankees. (Down 3-1 in the 8th. Rallied against Sabathia.)
June 12 – 5-2 win at Philadelphia. (Overcame Ryan Howard’s 9th inning shot to win in 13)
June 21 – 6-5 win against Atlanta. (The wind turns Nick Green’s fly ball into a walk off shot)
June 27 – 1-0 win at Atlanta. (Masterson and Papelbon wiggle out of late jams.)
July 1 – 6-5 win at Baltimore. (Sox score 4 in the 9th and Lugo wins in in the 11th)
July 8 – 5-4 win against Oakland. (Wind keeps Hairston’s 9th inning go ahead homer in the ballpark)
July 10 – 1-0 win against Kansas City. (Pedroia drives in the only run with 2 outs in the 8th.)
July 30 – 8-5 win against Oakland. (Ortiz tests postive then hits a 2 out 3 run go ahead homer.)
July 31 – 6-5 win at Baltimore. (Youk’s 2 run homer saves Smoltz from another bad start.)
August 10 – 6-5 win against Detroit. (Sox snap 6 game losing streak with 7th inning rally.)
August 14 – 8-4 win at Texas. (Victor Martinez hits a 2 run 2 strike 2 out double to take the lead and make up for Buchholz’s baserunning mishap.)
August 18 – 10-9 win at Toronto. (Ortiz homers and the Jays defense collapses, saving Beckett from a bad start.)
August 24 – 12-8 win against White Sox. (Red Sox overcome early 4-1 lead and a bad Buchholz start.)
August 25 – 6-3 win against White Sox. (Red Sox win with 4 unanswered runs despite some sloppy defense.)
August 26 – 3-2 win against White Sox. (Wakes pitches 7 strong and Papi homers twice including a walk off)
TEETH GRINDER GAMES – 22
April 14 – 6-5 loss at Oakland. (Sox blow early 3-0 lead. Lose in 12)
April 28 – 9-8 loss at Cleveland. (Sox blow early 5-1 lead. Lopez drops 3rd out.)
May 14 – 5-4 loss at Anaheim. (Ortiz goes 0-7 stranding 12 runners.)
May 15 – 5-4 loss at Seattle. (Red Sox blow their second 4-0 lead in three days.)
May 17 – 3-2 loss at Seattle. (Red Sox strand two in the 9th. Lose in the bottom of the 9th.)
May 23 – 3-2 loss to the Mets. (Papelbon lets up a 2 out 2 run homer in the 9th to Omir Santos)
June 18 – 2-1 loss to the Marlins. (Rain washes out a tight game after 5+ innings.)
June 28 – 2-1 loss to the Braves. (Tying run on base in the 9th. Solid Penny outing wasted)
June 30 – 11-10 loss at Baltimore. (The Red Sox blow a late 10-1 to the lowly Orioles.)
July 3 – 7-6 loss to Seattle. (Red Sox comeback in the 8th only to lose in the 11th.)
July 4 – 3-2 loss to Seattle. (Saito walks three in the 9th as the Mariners rally to win)
July 9 – 8-6 loss to the Royals. (Bullpen blows early 4-0 lead.)
July 21 – 4-2 loss at Texas. (Beckett loses a complete game and the Yankees take over first.)
July 22 – 3-1 loss at Texas. (Sox are swept for the first time all season.)
July 28 – 9-8 loss to Oakland. (Sox blow 3 run lead in 9th. A’s rally with 2 outs in 9th and 11th.)
July 29 – 8-6 loss to Oakland. (Down 5-0 in the first, Sox comeback falls short)
August 4 – 4-2 loss in Tampa Bay. (Longoria hits 13th inning walk off with first base open.)
August 5 – 6-4 loss in Tampa Bay. (Sox gets swept in a 2 game series with the tying run at the plate).
August 7 – 2-0 loss in New York. (A-Rod’s walk off with 2 outs in the 15 ends a teeth grinding marathon.)
August 9 – 5-2 loss in New York. (4 outs from avoiding a sweep, Bard lets up back to back homers to Damon and Teixeira.)
August 13 – 2-0 loss to Detroit. (Verlander wiggles out of early and late jams.)
August 16 – 4-3 loss at Texas. (Red Sox can’t rally and fall behind the Rangers in the Wild Card race)
-2… including three straight.
Go for the 4 game sweep tomorrow… Magic Number is 36. (35 if the Yankees hold on!)
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The Devil and Brad Lidge

I have a theory. Brad Lidge made a deal with Satan.
I have no proof of this, but I think I am correct. Bear with me.

Brad Lidge just blew his second save in as many games and sixth game of the year after not blowing a single game in 2008 throughout the regular season all the way through the end of the World Series.

He’s got a 7.27 ERA and the once Lights Out Lidge now makes Philadelphia fans nervous as if Mitch Williams was pitching to Joe Carter.

What happened?

We shouldn’t look to 2009 for answers but instead look to 2005.

The shadow of the Pujols homer has followed him. I am convinced he couldn’t order dinner at a restaurant without being reminded of it.

“And the veal parmesan goes to the guy who let up the Pujols homer.”

At that point he was going the inevitable scrap heap of closers who flamed out.

Remember Billy Koch? Remember how fast Keith Foulke collapsed?
Remember how Mark Davis went from a Cy Young winner to the waiver wire?

At that point, I believe the dark lord known as Satan (pictured on the left) struck a deal with Lidge.

SATAN:
Look, how would you like a legacy other than serving up Pujols homer and single handedly destroying the Astros only chance in the World Series after letting up the Podsednik homer in Game 2 and the World Series clinching run in Game 4?
LIDGE:
What do YOU think?
SATAN:
Seriously… Albert Pujols teeing off of you is one thing. SCOTT PODSEDNIK? He hit as many homers as Nancy Reagan that year! And you let him launch a walk off shot in the World Series?
LIDGE:
Enough.
SATAN:
I can help you. You’ll be a World Series hero when I am done!

LIDGE:
Are you kidding me? That would be great! Winning a World Series in Houston would make everything better.

SATAN:
Nahh. Not Houston. It’s not a baseball town. You need to do it for a fan base that would REALLY appreciate it.

LIDGE:
THE CUBS!

SATAN:
(Laughing) Oh please. The Cubs? Do you know how many more souls I can collect if I let the Billy Goat Curse stretch over 100 years? Nah… can’t kill the Golden Goose.

LIDGE:
What about the Giants?

SATAN:
No way. Even I can’t fix their lineup.

LIDGE:
The Red Sox?

SATAN:
I’m sick of Boston. After all I did for Boston fans this decade I don’t owe them a God Damn thing! In fact I have a cruel trick in store for them. Watch the undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl and you’ll see my handiwork.

LIDGE:
How about the Indians?

SATAN:
Lidge… let me tell you something. I’ve tried with Cleveland. I thought I had the 1997 World Series wrapped up for them. But there is a force more powerful than me.

LIDGE:
You mean God?

SATAN:
No. The bad karma in Cleveland. It’s bigger than God and me combined. I’m just washing my hands with that city.

LIDGE:
What about Pittsburgh?

SATAN:
Nah. Pittsburgh fans would trade in 10 Pirates World Series titles for one playoff with for the Steelers.

LIDGE:
I could go to the Yankees.

SATAN:
Lidge, here’s a little tip from your pal Satan. If you want to win a ring, make sure one of your teammates isn’t Alex Rodriguez. I signed him to a contract that even Scott Boros can’t opt out of! By the way, did you like what I did with Joba and the midges in the playoffs?

LIDGE:
What about the Mets?

SATAN:
Nah… I’m having too much fun f—ing with their fans.

LIDGE:
How about Philadelphia?

Satan scratches his chin.

SATAN:
That’s an interesting idea. Philadelphia fans are hungry for a title. It’s a Northeastern team so they have some deeply rooted loyalty. And I bet I can arrange to help you AND to torment Mets fans, Cubs fans and punish Tampa Bay for taking “Devil” out of their name.

LIDGE:
Sounds good to me.

SATAN:
OK. Philly it is. For one year you will be perfect. And I mean perfect. You won’t blow a lead all year. The only loss you’ll have all year will be in the All Star Game, and that ironically will allow you to clinch the World Series at home. You will be mobbed and loved by Phillies fans. And for all time you will be the closer for the first Philadelphia champion in a quarter of a century.

LIDGE:
That’s awesome!

SATAN:
And the next year it will be all over and you will reach a new level of suck that you didn’t achieve on your worst days in Houston.

LIDGE:
Oooo.

SATAN:
And I will be the possessor of your eternal soul and when you die you will experience a torment that even Milton couldn’t imagine!

LIDGE:
Eric Milton?

SATAN:
Never mind. Your body will burn. Your insides will be ripped from your body. You will spend an eternity screaming into a void for mercy and realize it will never come. And with each scream you will learn the value of life and have the sorrow that your life and soul was squandered and you choke on your own blood.

LIDGE:
But do I get a World Series ring?

SATAN:
Yup.

LIDGE:
Where do I sign?

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