In George We Trust
A(nother) blog about the most storied franchise in sports
Friday, April 28, 2006
Graphing Jeter
How good has Jeter's start to the season been? Just look at the graphs.

Don't miss No Maas's exclusive interview with Joe Torre.

Down on the Farm:

Triple-A Columbus (7-2 win over Louisville)
Melky Cabrera: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Carlos Pena: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI - Eric Duncan rode the pine again
Kevin Thompson: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Andy Cannizaro: 2 for 3, 2 R, 2 2B
Danny Garcia: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 3B
Aaron Small: 7 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K - 63 of 88 pitches were strikes (71.6%)
Scott Erickson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K - he must be slipping, he actually allowed a baserunner this game

Double-A Trenton scheduled off day

High-A Tampa (9-7 win over Dunedin)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB - pulled a Messier (11 straight games with a hit), .403 BA leads league by over 40 points, .545 OBP leads league by 88 points
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - second in league in RBIs despite .200 BA
Cody Ehlers: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K - leads league in RBI, TB, SLG and OPS
Ben Himes: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 CS
Tim Battle: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI - still hitting under .100
Brett Smith: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K - 5-10 GB/FB ratio
Josh Schmidt: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Low-A Charleston
(Game1: 3-1 win in 7 innings over Savannah)
Austin Jackson: 0 for 2, 1 BB
Reegie Corona: 2 for 3, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Jose Tabata: 2 for 3 - he's simply a hit machine
Edgar Soto: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
David Seccombe: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
(Game 2: 5-2 win in 7 innings over Savannah)
Austin Jackson: 0 for 4, 1 K - hard to believe for was 0 for Thursday
Reegie Corona: 3 for 3, 1 R, 1 E (throwing)
Jose Tabata: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 HBP
Kyle Larson: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Estee Harris: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Bryan Villalona: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

With the NFL draft tomorrow, I just wanna take a second to say that if the Jets don't take D'Brickashaw Ferguson, I might have to spend my last $300 to fly home and give Eric Mangini a nice little "Welcome to New York" smack upside the head. Not only would Ferguson fill the Jets biggest need - which happens to be at the most important position on the field - he's also the kind of dominant lineman that could go to a dozen Pro Bowls over his career. And besides, the last time an athlete out of Virginia went 4th overall it worked out pretty well (that would be Ryan Zimmerman).

As far as their second pick in the first round, Nick Mangold out of Ohio State seems like a good fit to play alongside Ferguson, but if Lendale White is still around, it would be hard to pass him up, questionable hamstring or not.

I'd wait for next year to take a QB, especially if Brady Quinn will be available. Unlike Leinart and Young, we know Quinn can play consistently well in cold weather.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Here are my hopes on the Jets since I cant ever resist draft talk.
Ferguson first
either Mangold, Maroney, or DeAngelo Williams second
Brodie Croyl third

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I would be beyond happy if the Jets took a center and a LT in the first round, resulting in the nastiest O-Line in the east by far...Brick, Kendell, Mangold, Moore, and Jones, with capable backups, slot ins in Clement, Cavka, and Teague? yes and yes...

Blogger Joseph P. said...
Mikey, don't get me started on the draft.

If Leinart is on the board, I want him. Remember, this is a guy who was easily the No. 1 pick last year, and the only reason he's not this year is because he mailed in the first half of most of USC's games. Barring that, I want to trade down to seven, accumulating more picks. And, the way things pan out, Ferguson could still be around at that point. If he's not, there will be plenty of other solid Options at No. 7.

Plus, I kinda would rather the Jets use the 29th pick on Eric Winston, LT from Miami. He's as big and more athletic than the other tackles in the draft, and I love players from the U.

I've got a keg on reserve, and a laptop ready to go for tomorrow. Live updates at the Sporting Brews.


Blogger Joseph P. said...
Anonymous...Moore is out. Trey Teague is playing guard for us now.

Blogger Joseph P. said...
Or apprently a backup. I just assumed they signed him to start. I'm not the biggest Brandon Moore fan...

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Blogger James Varghese said...
I heart the draft...but on my first weekend back in NY in a lonnng time, I will be ferrying my sister to LI to get some stuff for her wedding...woo hoo.

I'll be looking forward to those updates Joe - perhaps I can live vicariously. I'll be interested to see how the Giants play this draft since they signed LaVar.

Oh, and apparently they promoted Hughes.

Blogger Mike A said...
I'm not a big Leinart fan, the kid can play, no question, but I just don't trust the guy in big spots for some reason. Plus he's a lefty, so if they take a LT like Winston at number 29, it won't be same since he isn't protecting Leinart blind side.

And a name like D'Brickashaw just makes the guy sound mean.

Blogger Joseph P. said...
By the same token, Ferguson is a RT, meaning he won't be blocking Chad's blindside.

But yes, D'Brickashaw is a badass name. And the guy has a degree in religious studies. Gotta like the well roundedness.

Winston has a degree in some socioeconomic discipline. Call me a snob, but I'm partial to players with degrees. Makes me think they can more fully comprehend what the coaches are telling them.

Blogger Mike A said...
I thought Ferguson was a LT??? I coulda swore I saw him playing the left side on all those ESPN highlights this week. If he plays the right side then I dunno what to do then...

Kinda figured the Hughes promotion was coming, tonight was his turn in the Tampa rotation, but I wonder if they'll maintain that schedule in Trenton. They damn well should with this kid

Blogger Joseph P. said...
My buddy Scott, whom I rely on for random football tidbits, has told me that Ferguson plays on the right side. However, with a guy like him, I'm sure they could figure out a way for him to switch sides.

Blogger Mike A said...
Ferguson earned the starting job at left tackle as a true freshman in 2002 and started all 39 games prior to his senior season in 2005. He earned first team All-ACC honors as a junior in 2004. Ferguson missed two games because of a knee injury as a senior, but he started the other 10 games at the left tackle position.

That's from ESPN's draft tracker

Blogger Joseph P. said...
Excellent. Then I'm all on board for D'Brickashaw. It'll be nice to be typing that name for the next 10-12 years.

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