Mike Lupica is pretty upset about this whole Rick Ankiel thing. Not that he shouldn’t be, but it’s a bit silly to expect someone to come out and say they’re wrong. Most people consult their agents and legal consul before making statements to the press (in short, most people aren’t Jason Giambi).
In his little post-main body wrap-up, Lupica brings up the same thing I keep saying which is: Why can’t we groom Joba to be the next Mo? Jesse Smith says the same thing, except we should do it now. I don’t really agree with Smith’s position, however, as Mo isn’t really capable of pitching as many innings as he used to. It isn’t 1996 anymore and his fastball isn’t magic for as long. Let Mo be Mr. 9th Inning for a few more years (because there really isn’t any reason not to yet) and then hand over Enter Sandman to Joba. I am especially in favor of this if it means Mo doesn’t have to pitch any more 4 and 5 out saves.
Tidbit from the The Daily News:
Roger Clemens was scheduled to throw a side session in Houston on Saturday, but neither Torre nor trainer Gene Monahan ever heard back from Clemens to find out if he had done so. “I hope that’s a good sign,” the manager said. “I can’t be sure, but I hope it is.”
I guess Roger really is above the Yankee Law.
Scott Miller thinks C.C. Sabathia should be the AL Cy Young. My homer vote goes to Wang, but Sabathia has been amazing this season and he is not Josh Beckett so I support this.
At last, an answer for those wondering why Jeremy Bonderman has been so inconsistent. Hiding injuries: never a good idea.