Contest #5 winner

10 03 2008

Wow that took no time at all. Thought I made the questions somewhat hard. We must have some hardcore Office fans. I love it. Congrats to jmulv. You’ll be receiving an email soon. I have some other prizes lined up so it shouldn’t be too long before the next contest. Joba and Ian are set to throw in tonight’s game. Should be a good one. Take it easy.


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10 03 2008
cupajoba

Thanks for a good time Phil! You had thousands of hits over the span of this morning. I sat here refreshing the page constantly! so close..

Can we do some Fresh Prince questions or possibly Entourage???

Awesome ST Franchise!!

10 03 2008
mike34

1. American Girl
2. Harvey
3. boxing and baseball
4. Dwight
5. The Irrigation Room

10 03 2008
jmulv

wow

wow

sweet

thanks for the contest, Phil!

great game yesterday

10 03 2008
nyyfan12

that was too quick

10 03 2008
yanks4ever13

wow, congrats jmulv.

I’ve been checking back frequently, but in the 20 minutes since I last checked, the questions came up and someone won already! oh well. maybe I’ll get another one some time.

10 03 2008
mikedmac

Great game yesterday!!! Keep it up. Keep it Real.

10 03 2008
joelefko

damn, i don’t know how he answered so fast. I skipped my first class today and was refreshing every minute or so. but congrats to the winner. is there a way to make comments invisible to everyone except you? if not you could have us email you with a specific subject line, and you could use a filter in gmail to put all contest entries in a separate folder (so your inbox doesn’t get flooded)…this way people don’t just copy the most popular answers.

10 03 2008
bethnyyfan

I thought Jim was THREE HOLE PUNCH Jim for Halloween!!!

10 03 2008
bethnyyfan

The rest are correct though.

10 03 2008
larrydavid1

wow that was real quick. o well, lol…great job of pitching yesterday!

10 03 2008
phughesrocks

OMG!!! I was the second person to answer all 5 correctly!!! Off by 1 minute and 10 seconds…..and I was in class. I timed it so well. Oh well! Thanks for the contest Phil.

10 03 2008
bethnyyfan

I looked it up to see if I was right and on “The Halloween” episode, Jim was THREE HOLE PUNCH Jim for Halloween.

But Angela shops at American Girl.
Jim and Pam stayed in The Irrigation Room
Michael’s computer’s name is Harvey
Michael thinks Oscar would be good at baseball and boxing.

10 03 2008
mantlemurcer

Wow, I just went to read the questions and you’ve already got a winner. Congrats jmulv!

10 03 2008
34franchise

I also thought Jim was a 3-hole punch…anyway, you looked great yesterday Phil, keep it up!

10 03 2008
bigbronxballs77

My god– I went to drop a deuce and MISSED IT ?!?!??!?! I’ve been refreshing this all morning !?!?!?!?!?!?

wow….

10 03 2008
Phil Hughes

Jim was 3 hole punch Jim for Halloween. That’s what jmulv said right?

10 03 2008
joannavi

hi~ Phil.I come from Taiwan.
i saw the game on tv yesterday.
it’s the great pitching.
i wish you have the wonderful season.

10 03 2008
bethnyyfan

No he said Dwight.

10 03 2008
bigbronxballs77

Ron Davis (09:03:39) :

People who complain because they’re not fans of The Office shouldn’t have their vote count anyway. —

Ummmm… upon looking at your answer. You didn’t even get all 5 questions right.

Whats that saying about throwing stones in a glass house ?

10 03 2008
bethnyyfan

OH NO the second guy said Dwight! Sorry!!!! I just read the first one in this string.

10 03 2008
xsandman42x

Thanks for the contest Phil. Unfortunately with this group if you blink someone has already answered the questions.

10 03 2008
yanksgal07

Nice going Jmulv…congrats !!! Thanks to Phil for taking time to have a little fun with the fans too. More importantly…thank you Phil for doing the job again yesterday !!!! Nice pitching …

I still think the best contests are when it’s something specific but little known about either you, Ian, Joba or any of the other players. It leads to a lot of interesting and sometimes funny responses and isn’t over in half a second just because someone has knowledge of a certain subject. It’s also fun to learn a little inside fact about a Yankee player…just my opinion tho’

The contest with your favorite line from The Office or what Ian’s nickname is inside the clubhouse were great because everyone had a chance to win(even if not watching The Office ..you could look some lines up and still have a chance) …. AND… you got over a 1,000 hits for those…instead of a few because the contest ended so fast.

In the end tho’ …whatever works for Phil is best and we the fans are just grateful that you take time to acknowledge us on this terrific blog….THANK YOU !!!!!!

Go Yankees 2008 !!!

10 03 2008
baileywalk

Completely off-topic, but what was up with that interview on “Mike’d Up” last night? Joba seemed to be sleeping with his eyes open. Ian was freezing. The whole thing was kind of awkward in an amusing way.

10 03 2008
afinepoint

dang, that was way too fast. i missed the questions. how about an art contest next eh?

good luck phil on your next start!

10 03 2008
yanksgal07

I think all the planes taking off in the background and not being able to hear clearly might have led to the way the interview came off…..personally…I think the guys did a good job and tend to keep showing the maturity they have displayed throughout their call up to the bigs.

Keep it up guys …you do Yankee fans proud ….

Go Yankees 2008 !!!

10 03 2008
baileywalk

Sigh. Yeah, wasn’t dissing them, Yanksgal. Just thought it was — you know — FUNNY, is all…

10 03 2008
bigbronxballs77

And just like that… all the people looking for free stuff or a handout vanish. Anyone left want to actually talk about the Yankees, or was everyone here for free swag?

If I had to make a guess on possible results for NYY starting pitchers this year, here would be my guess-timates:

Wang – 17-8 / 3.75 ERA / 119 K
Pettitte – 15-7 / 4.25 ERA / 170 K
Hughes – 13-5 / 3.34 ERA / 165 K (innings limit to consider)
Moose – 13-9 / 4.75 ERA / 151 K
Kennedy – 15-7 / 3.60 ERA / 170 K (innings limit reportedly higher than PH)
Joba – 9-2 / 3.25 ERA / 120 K (after moving to starting rotation in July)
(joba Bullpen numbers until July: 38 IP, 3-1, 4 SV, 1.50 ERA, 58 K….)

ALRIGHT, hung myself out there… Rip it up or agree with it ! ! ! ! Lets talk baseball !!!!!

10 03 2008
missyla

that did go fast… i was hoping he got the first question wrong….

but that was fun phil! =)

10 03 2008
bigbronxballs77

For hitters: (again, just my guesses– or hopes!)

Damon LF .301 17 HR 85 RBI
Jeter SS .325 12 HR 70 RBI
Abreu RF .305 22 HR 110 RBI
A-Rod 3B .327 45 HR 140 RBI
Giambino 1B/DH .280 30 HR 125 RBI
Po’ C/DH .311 22 HR 105 RBI
Cano 2B .320 18 HR 85 RBI
Melky CF .290 15 HR 70 RBI
Shelley 1B/DH/OF .285 17 HR 65 RBI, 3,227 elbow slams/ forearm smashes
Matsui LF/DH .290 20 HR 70 RBI

THOUGHTS ????

10 03 2008
xsandman42x

All those numbers seem to be in the neighborhood of where they will end up but I have to believe Phil will have more wins than Ian. I know Ian can probably throw more innings but i still think Phil will have more just flat out dominant games and bunch up some wins. Is Joba’s innings limit like 120 or am i just “misremembering”?

10 03 2008
baileywalk

I think your numbers for the big three are a little too on the bright side. Kennedy only has a few starts under his belt, and though Phil feels like he’s been around for a while, he’ll only be in his second year. These guys are going to go through growing pains.

It would be more helpful if you included IP totals. Phil is capable of the numbers you suggest, but if they cap him at 150 innings or so, 165 SO is a lot. I love Kennedy as a pitcher, and I think he will be successful, but unless he’s throwing 200+ innings this year it might be a stretch to see him strike out 170 batters — and 3.60 ERA is very optimistic (remember, he’s a rookie). I think Joba’s numbers are actually a little low, at least as far as strikeouts are concerned. I think he’ll strike out more than a batter per inning.

It’s a little weird talking about this on Phil’s blog because I don’t want to come off like I’m insulting any of these guys — I’m not… In fact, I’m a huge fan and supporter. But we can’t let our admiration fly in the face of reality when considering what these guys can do this year.

10 03 2008
xsandman42x

Damon LF .301 17 HR 85 RBI
Jeter SS .325 12 HR 70 RBI——Damon and Jeter Seem about right.
Abreu RF .305 22 HR 110 RBI—Abreu probably wont hit that many hr’s
A-Rod 3B .327 45 HR 140 RBI—-In the ballpark
Giambino 1B/DH .280 30 HR 125 RBI-Probably will end up with lower average cause a month or so into the season he’ll start pulling everything again.
Po’ C/DH .311 22 HR 105 RBI-Average could be lower.
Cano 2B .320 18 HR 85 RBI–Probably more rbis and maybe more hr’s
Melky CF .290 15 HR 70 RBI-About right
Shelley 1B/DH/OF .285 17 HR 65 RBI,- if he gets enough ab’s these numbers look good
Matsui LF/DH .290 20 HR 70 RBI-Good

10 03 2008
jannapolen

BigBronx, I am thinking that Wang is going to bounce back from a couple bad spring games and have more than 17 wins and I also think that Phil is going to have more than 13. He has been pretty dominant over the spring.

I also like the hitting guesstimates, but the majority of the lineup batting over 300 could be a little stretch. I think our pitchers will get a couple extra wins from the offense we are going to put up this year.

10 03 2008
yanksgal07

If the guys pitch like you predict ..this will be one happy lady ..:o). On the batting …I might adjust a few slightly but that would be it ….I tend to agree with X Sandman on the hitting for the most part. From our computer to God’s …lol

Go Yankees 2008 !!!!

10 03 2008
rebeccaoptimist

Dang, that was fast!

Can’t wait to catch tonight’s game…on MLB.tv, of course…

10 03 2008
markus34nyy

Dude nice pitching yesterday, keep up the good work!

10 03 2008
baileywalk

By the way, wins are a useless stat for pitchers — they do not determine how many games they win. That’s about the team on the field (in other words, they could toss 1-run ball over nine and the team loses 1-0, or he could take a lead into the eighth and the bullpen blows it, etc.).

10 03 2008
bigbronxballs77

Not saying Phil won’t have a great season obviously (or Ian or ‘Justin’ for that matter). But with the innings count, you wonder how many wins they’ll be able to snag.

10 03 2008
bigbronxballs77

Hughes – 13-5 / 3.34 ERA / 165 K (innings limit to consider)
But, lets say if he gets 13 wins, I bet he has 18 Quality starts. I imagine some early bullpen issues will eat/steal a few wins from him…

10 03 2008
yankstl

Wow. Knew I should have woken up earlier… I liked that this was about The Office again though.🙂
Congratulations to the winner, that is pretty awesome.
Good job on the game yesterday Phil, you were really dominant!

10 03 2008
jerekdeter

dam i knew all those answers

10 03 2008
hrbalaba

Hey bigbronxballs77, I’m all about talking baseball and throwing oneself out there. That being said, here’s my take on your prediction for the rotation (which I suppose I mostly agree with, but felt the need to comment on anyway):

With what we’ve seen from Wang over the past 2 seasons, I think your guess of 17-8 may be a bit conservative. Remember, he won 19 a year ago after missing most of the first month. I see him winning at least that again, and possibly 20-21 since he’s incorporating a new pitch.

You’ve got Pettitte at 15-7. I think this is right around where he’ll end up – in that 15-18 win range. Of course no one knows how the off the field stuff will affect him, but even still, 15-18 from him is something we’ve all come to expect.

Mussina at 13-9 would have been awesome last year given how seemingly poor he pitched. This year, with all the reports out of spring training saying that his velocity is almost at midseason form already, I think Moose going for 14-16 wins could happen (better explanation to follow).

As for Phil, Ike, and Justin (I love how that’s how Hughes refers to him on this blog!) I, like the rest of us fans, am hoping for big things. I think your guesses are great, and if they come true, I’ll certainly be happy.

Hughes could start out VERY strong and finish the year with anywhere from 15-20 wins but also about 7-12 losses yet still keep his ERA around 3.00. There are so many variables to consider here. Also, I’d imagine that Phil would love to throw 200 innings, but since the hammy limited him to about 115 last year, the organization may limit him to the 165 you suggest.
As for Kennedy, he threw 165 innings last year so getting him close to 200 this year appears to be more in the cards for him. Again, he could also start out quite strong and get around 15 wins.
And Joba, as far as I’m concerned, is in the same boat as Hughes innings-wise. In fact, they threw close to the same amount of total innings last year. The big difference this year is that Phil is entering his 3rd pro season and already had been stretched to the level reached last year and would be in line for the 200 inning mark this year had that hammy not given way. So the team may go start-to-start with both of them near the end of the season. Phil could wind up with 180 or soif that’s the case, and Joba close to 160. (And if Joba goes 9-2 in the second half as a starter, I’d be ecstatic!)

The reason the win totals for the Big Three may or may not be reached I think depends on Mussina. If Moose pitches like he did last year, then all three of them basically move up a slot in the rotation and pitch against other teams’ better hurlers. If he rebounds to become a reliable 3rd starter, then Phil, Ian, and Joba have, in theory, a chance to pitch against teams who are pitching their back-end starters so the wins may pile up for them early.

Overall, I think your predictions are pretty good, but there are two x-factors here that few people have mentioned this spring: Alan Horne and Jeff Marquez. Both pitched over 150 innings at Trenton last year and from what I’ve seen both are ticketed for AAA to start the year. While I’m excited about them and a few other prospects, I think that if we go through the season and only fleetingly see or hear about them in the Bronx, then it is definitely a good season.

Personally, I’d love to see Girardi go to a 6-man rotation and every 3rd day the starter whose “throw-day” it is gives him an inning in relief. That’s not just thinking outside the box, that’s thinking outside the warehouse. But who’s to say it can’t be done?

10 03 2008
hrbalaba

Hey there again, bigbronxballs77, just thought I’d chime in with my opinion on the hitters too, but I’ll be much more brief! (Sorry to everyone about my long post on the pitchers. And Phil, I sincerely hope all the work you did in January pays off and you can throw more innings than the club anticipates!)

Anyway, onto the lineup:

Damon LF .301 17 HR 85 RBI — As has been well-documented, everyone seems to be in better overall shape, and Damon seems to be determined to earn his money. The homer number may be a bit high, and the avg. may be a bit low. Either way, I’d take this.

Jeter SS .325 12 HR 70 RBI — His avg. could be significantly higher and he could get close to 100 RBI this year. Just a hunch.

Abreu RF .305 22 HR 110 RBI — Another guy who’s in better shape, I think his average could be close to .315 and he could be close to 30 homers than 20 thanks to the short porch. 110 RBI seems to be in the ballpark.

A-Rod 3B .327 45 HR 140 RBI — He could hit .280/30/110 or .350/56/160 and I don’t think I’d be surprised. I hope/think he’ll come close to matching last year, but I don’t think we’ll see 14 April dingers.

Giambino 1B/DH .280 30 HR 125 RBI — Please let this one come true!

Po’ C/DH .311 22 HR 105 RBI — He may not hit over .300, but 20/100 is still good, I agree.

Cano 2B .320 18 HR 85 RBI — I disagree with you on this one only because of how much Cano has improved year to year. He, like Damon, has said all the right things so far about wanting to earn his money. If he puts his money where his mouth is, he could go .330/22/110.

Melky CF .290 15 HR 70 RBI — I’d love to see this one come to fruition, too. But at the same time, it wouldn’t shock me to see Melky hit .300 and drive in 80. Still not sure about his power numbers, though.

Shelley 1B/DH/OF .285 17 HR 65 RBI, 3,227 elbow slams/ forearm smashes — I think you underestimated the slams/smashes. On the other hand, if he gets, say, 400ABs, your numbers could wind up being VERY low. So let’s hope for that.

Matsui LF/DH .290 20 HR 70 RBI — He seems to always get at least 90 RBI, so I’ll disagree with you there. Otherwise, the .290/20 seems about right to me.

10 03 2008
briankelley24

Phil,
nomaas just tagged you as Dr. Phil and photoshopped it pretty good. It’s…hilarious. And with your clinical demeanor on the mound, it kind of works. Great job yesterday.

10 03 2008
jetersgangster

There’s no way the organization lets Hughes throw 165 innings, and definetely not more. If he threw 115 innings, they will want him to throw at most 145 innings. Anything more than an increase of 30 innings is what causes all the injuries.

http://respectjetersgangster.blogspot.com

10 03 2008
hrbalaba

Jetersgangster, the only reason some of us think Hughes will thrown 165 innings (or more) is that he was supposed to throw close to that (or more) last year since he threw 146 in ’06. The injury limited him to 115 last year, so I think that while you’re right about increasing the inning total by 30 does cause injuries, I also think that Phil presents an interesting case for us (and the organization, the media, and whoever else wants to) to debate all season long.

10 03 2008
jetersgangster

The inning projections from last season were solely for last season. I think they’ll risk too much pushing him for 165. One season builds off the next. He put 115 innings on his arm last season. Jumping to 165 for a non-knuckleballer is way to risky.

http://respectjetersgangster.blogspot.com

10 03 2008
jmac2336

Congrats to the winner…impressive!

Personally I think the line-up should look like this.

Damon LF Natural Leadoff
Melky CF Can bunt really well and would be really good at moving runners over
Jeter SS Jeets power numbers would be back to 1994
ARod 3B Could have the same year he did last year.
Abreu RF Not a 3 hitter anymore, forces teams to pitch to ARod
Posada C Mr. Consistent
Giambi 1B Hopefully back to 2000 form
Matsui DH He’s gotta be healthy or Duncan is starting at 1B
Cano 2B Career Year

10 03 2008
larrydavid1

Wang: 18-20 wins
Pettitte: 16-18 wins
Hughes: 13-15 wins
Mussina: 11-13 wins
Kennedy: 13-15 wins

just my opinion…

10 03 2008
joelefko

“cano career year” batting 9th? personally, i can’t think of many arrangements that are worse than that.

10 03 2008
larrydavid1

as for the lineup,

Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
ARod 3B
Posada C
Giambi 1B
Cano 2B
Matsui DH
Cabrera CF

10 03 2008
vermilion23

Dang it! I didn’t check soon enough, This was one I could have actually answered haha. Congrads to the winner and nice job with the twins yesterday Phil

10 03 2008
mytristate

GREAT GAME YESTERDAY!

10 03 2008
alex4yanks

lmao, did the first person to enter really win? hahaha wow, congrats jmulv!

10 03 2008
alex4yanks

nice analysises by the way hrbalaba

10 03 2008
painttheblack23

Cano batting 9th??? Are you out of your mind? The dude is a .340 hitter.

Damon
Jeter
Abreu (Cano will be in the 3 spot when Abreu is gone next year)
AROD
PO
Cano
Giambi
Matsui
Melky

LET’S GO JOBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

10 03 2008
dimagg5

Phil,

Thanks for the contest, no matter how long it took.

And great game yesterday.

Just a glimpse of why it was worth sweating it out hoping you weren’t going to be traded this winter!

10 03 2008
mattnyytoronto

3 hole punch jim, rofl. that was a good episode.

10 03 2008
cromartiehopsparty

yeah, Melky is batting ninth, I don’t see any other way around that.

The avg for Damon is high if anything…. not low, Hrbalaba.

Bigbronxballs Giambi projection is just absurd and sounds like the kind of “analysis” that Steve Phillips or John Kruk provides. I’ll have what your smoking dude…

Thanks for the contest Phil!

310tojoba.blogspot.com

10 03 2008
yankeedestiny

Phil – Great job on the Michael Kay Show!

10 03 2008
californiaxdan

lol some kid won the contest on the very first post, thats awesome

10 03 2008
diamond23dust

Phil was on the Michael Kay Show? I always miss these things… 😦

Oh well, I’ll check the archives later

10 03 2008
entersandman42

I know I’m chiming in late here regarding bbb77’s predictions but figured I’d chime in nonetheless.

I think if we get 82 wins out of the 6 (5 1/2) starting pitchers that would be a tremendous season. I agree with someone who said that Kennedy’s expectations of 15 wins seems a little high and Phil’s 13 seem a little low but I guess they average out. I think Kennedy only has about 3-4 starts in the big leagues to Phil’s 13. I think Hughes is more polished at this point than Kennedy.

Which is not to say they both aren’t going to be great, but 15-7 with a 3.60 and 170k’s in his rookie year is way high. I think 13-9 with a 4.20 and 140k’s is more in line. And I’m not sure he’s really a huge strikeout pitcher like Hughes and Joba are. 170 k’s puts him in line for nearly 200 in a normal, non inning limit season and I think that’s too high for Kennedy.

I also think that 9-2 for Joba is way high. What are you basing these stats on? Nobody has seen Joba start! You’ve got him at 9-2. That means with some ND’s about 15 starts. At an average of 6 ip per start, that’s 90 IP as a starter and you’ve got him at 120k’s! That’s an unheard of ratio. The best guys who throw 220 IP have 200+ k’s. In his first year you’re putting him on part with Nolan Ryan! A little ambitious I think.

If we assume 15 starts for Joba, I think 7-5 or 8-4 are more likely with closer to a high 3’s ERA (3.80-3.90) with an average of about a strikeout per inning.

I think your estimates for Pettitte and Wang are right on.

I actually think that you’re estimates on Hughes are short (and no, I’m not sucking up because this is his blog!!)

Anybody who watched Hughes last year, particularly in the Texas game and the playoff game vs. Cleveland had to be impressed. I told a friend of mine after the Texas game that he reminded me of a young Clemens (spare me the steroids jokes) with a better breaking ball at that age. I can’t remember a more dominant game pitched that I’ve seen.

I think Hughes is the future superstar in this bunch. I’d predict 15-7 with a 3.45 ERA and 170k’s.

I know about innings limits but when the Yanks are 3 out or 2 up in September and Hughes is at his 150 inning limit, don’t even tell me that Cashman, Girardi etc. are not going to throw him out there every 5th day. C’mon!

Finally, the Mussina predictions are very, very hopeful. I’d love to see 13-9 and I think the 151k’s are high. I doubt he’s striking out 150 guys with an 87 MPH heater. He’s a hero if he gives us those stats. But I agree with the 13 wins just on the Yankee offense alone.

So it’s a little late but I threw it back at ya. If I have time I’ll critique your offensive predictions as well.

10 03 2008
defensewins

Congrats to jmulv. What a win! And good luck with your prize

And a special thanks for Phil for doing these contests. Even the hope of winning one makes me happy…can’t wait until the next one!

10 03 2008
entersandman42

Ok, more briefly than my critique of the pitchers (b/c I’m running out of time at work!)

Damon LF .301 17 HR 85 RBI

Seems right in line. No argument from me.

Jeter SS .325 12 HR 70 RBI

Again, seems right about where I would predict him. Maybe 3-5 more HR’s depending on the year. I think 12 is a little low.

Abreu RF .305 22 HR 110 RBI

I think you are 3-3 with Abreu. About 20 HR’s is the ballpark. Maybe a bit high but I like it. Good average and he’s always around 100 RBI’s. If Damon performs as you say, Abreu will reach the RBI mark.

A-Rod 3B .327 45 HR 140 RBI

this seems ok. It’s so tough to predict b/c of ARod’s monster season last year. I think the average is high. I’d put him in closer to .305-.310 and the RBI’s is very high. I think you’re in line, but it’s so tough to predict 140 RBI’s for guy. It’s those types of expectations that cause boos for him. How about 45/125. I’d sign up for that.

Giambino 1B/DH .280 30 HR 125 RBI

He’ll never see those numbers with his injury history. And he’s not a .280 hitter anymore. I think .260, 24HR, 100 RBI

Po’ C/DH .311 22 HR 105 RBI

Again, this might be a little pie in the sky. Posada is typicallly around 90 RBI’s and right around 20 HR. The average is usually around .290 (I know last year was great, but not sure he can duplicate it.)
My guess:
.292 20 HR 94 RBI

Cano 2B .320 18 HR 85 RBI

I think the average is right but the power and RBI’s are low. I think he’s going to be a monster this season.

My prediction:
.320 24HR 112 RBI

Melky CF .290 15 HR 70 RBI

I’d sign up for that from Melky. I think the power is iffy but everything else seems good.

Shelley 1B/DH/OF .285 17 HR 65 RBI

It’s tough to predict b/c we don’t know how much he’s really going to play. Plus, is he another Kevin Maas or the real deal? I’ll stick with the predicitions but there is no way to predict that.

Matsui LF/DH .290 20 HR 70 RBI

Right in Line

10 03 2008
bobbykid

Congrats on winning the contest.

Hey just wondering if anyone caught what Pat Neshek had to say about Phil’s site on his site. He is giving away a Joe mauer signed figure, and made the comment that he had to keep up with Phil, and he thought Phil might give away a car next. LOL Just thought it was a nice round about way to compliment Phil about how nice he is with the fans.

10 03 2008
gtone

Great job yesterday Phil. Very impressive!

10 03 2008
jessicayanks

congrats to jmulv! & thanks for the contest. even though i didnt get a chance to get to my laptop. but its all good! it wouldve been fun

10 03 2008
kabbabex29

hmm your next contest should be having someone taking a picture and sending it, and whoevers is most original wins.

idk, maybe it sucks..but i love photography :]

10 03 2008
melky27

hey just wanted to say on sports illustrated.com your on the top 20 best young pitchers list (though you should be #1) heres a link http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0803/mlb.top20.young.pitchers/content.10.html

10 03 2008
jmac2336

Unfortunately Cano has only batted .340 once and it was actually .346. He is probably going to be a .315 – .320 hitter. If the Yanks bat Cano 9th, it puts everyone batting in front of him (Giambi, Posada & Matsui) on base and the RBI chances will be greater. Plus the fact he is a doubles machine he will be able to knock in those guys easier than Melky. Then the top of the order benefits with Cano being on base.

Melky is ideal for the #2 slot. Think about it. If Damon gets on with a single or a walk. He then can steal second. Then Melky bunts him over and knocking in a run from 3rd with less than 2 outs becomes a hell of a lot easier…

10 03 2008
nyywinningdoesnttake86yrs

omg! the first person to answer got it right lol..crazy
oh well i stood no chance anyways
can’t wait for the next one these contests are awesooome

10 03 2008
yankeefaninidaho

Alright Poohs, I’ve got office trivia for you. If you can answer me these questions, you can have an awesome picture of me hand signed, wearing yankee garb and flasing the yankee tat.

1. Todd Packard has a custom license plate. What does it say?

2. What concert was Michael at when he was tricked into smoking a joint?

3. How many hot dogs did Andy consume during the hot dog eating contest at the beach?

4. What is Creed’s job?

5. Michael appeared on a tv show as a young child. What was the name of the show and what did he wish for?

Good luck.

10 03 2008
ciaobabyx46

Phillllllll I saw you on Mike’d Up yesterday, and I was tired this morning because of it :] haha jk. But I thought you all did a good job. Btw, next time I think your contest should have something to do with something I’m good at and not Office trivia although I used to be obsessed with the British Office lol. Anddd I hope you read my e-mail although I know you get like a bajillion per hour.

10 03 2008
petethebrit

Phil,

Have you ever seen the English Office it is much funnier than the US one although the US version is classic.

PB

10 03 2008
nyatheart3

I think it depends on which one you see first. Those who have seen the English version first think it is better than the American one, and vice versa.

Congrats JMUlv – i’m assuming JMU is for james madison? if so, i’m glad another duke dog won! If not, then now people know the duke dog is the mascot of james madison🙂 have a good night everyone!

10 03 2008
joblogchamberlain

😦 I am gone for one day and I miss a whole contest… I knew those answers too!

Three hole punch Jim is awesome.

10 03 2008
dunkaroos

Thanks as always Phil!

10 03 2008
energywins08

in response to yankeefaninidaho’s questions…
1. fudge packer
2. alicia keyes
3.13 because he threw one up
4. quality assurance/control
5. he wished to be married and for a hundred children so he could have a hundred friends on the show Fundle Bundle

11 03 2008
energywins08

correction to #1
should be WLHUNG, not fudge packer

11 03 2008
seasontix

Great Game the other day Phil, your stuff is looking nasty!

11 03 2008
mrlock

The US version had to be adapted a little bit because the English version didn’t translate well, Americans apparently having a poor sense of irony and the subtleties and nuances of Ricky Gervais and his acting.

11 03 2008
ansky712

You’re crazy jmac

Lineup should be:

Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
A-Rod 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Giambi 1B
Duncan DH
Cabrera CF

Probably will be:

Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
A-Rod 3B
Giambi 1B (always seem to try him here and his OBP probably dictates he should be here)
Posada C
Matsui DH (if doesn’t start season on DL which seems likely given he’s already playing)
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF

Cabrera is not a 2 hitter. He doesn’t hit for average and doesn’t get on base enough. Jeter is the perfect 2 hitter, dont’ move him. You’re argument that Cano only hit .340 once is unpersuasive. He’s only played 3 MLB seasons and is a career .314 hitter and that includes a season last year when he finished at .306 after being way under .300 for most of the season. The guy’s a stud at the plate and you want to relegate him to the 9 hole? That’s ridiculous. The way Duncan is hitting, he’ll find a way into the lineup a good amount and he’ll get his AB’s. If he really is this good of a hitter (even though his career stats in the minors don’t suggest that he can hit much higher than .250 in MLB) I wouldn’t be surprised to see Matsui on the move come the deadline.

11 03 2008
ansky712

As for pitching, I’d guess:
Wang: 18-21, ~3.70 ERA
Pettitte: 15-18 wins, ~4.10 ERA
Hughes: 14-16 wins, ~4.00 ERA (could be lower if he pitches like he has so far, but he’ll have a couple rough outings as does every young pitcher)
Moose: 12-14 wins, ~4.50 ERA
Kennedy: 10-12 wins, ~4.70 ERA
Joba: 5-10 wins (depends on when he gets into the rotation), ~4.00 ERA (he’s gonna have a couple of rough starts when he first gets into the rotation)

11 03 2008
mrlock

I think there’ll be more extremes on the pitching.

I think Wang and Hughes will have similar win columns, Wang and Hughes 19 each.
I agree that Phil will take a couple of huge losses to up his ERA but will have lights out days.

Wang: 3 ERA
Hughes: 3.6 ERA
Pettitte: 4.4 and 14 wins
Moose: 4.9 ERA and 9 wins or in the bullpen.
IPK: 4.9 ERA and 12 wins (same as Phil, good days and rough outings hence more wins) or in the bullpen
Joba: 3.8 ERA and 10 wins.

11 03 2008
wastedtalent

19 wins from a dude on a pitch count…I don’t see it happening no matter how well Phil pitches. In 2009 maybe, but not this year since he wont be given enough chances.

11 03 2008
wastedtalent

Pitch count ->Innings limit.

11 03 2008
painttheblack23

8 ground balls in 13 batters faced by the WANGSTER today. Atta boy Chien baby!
Gotta love the Eiland!

12 03 2008
entersandman42

Ansky,

I wholeheartedly agree with your Cano assessment. The reality is that Cano is a future #3 hitter but not this year because of Abreu. It’s simply one of those things wtih the Yankee lineup. You can’t move Jeter, and Jeter is not a #3 hitter. He doesn’t hit for nearly enough power and I don’t buy the argument that he could if he wanted to. Not anymore. Abreu is good for the OBP, will hit 20+ HR’s, drive in 100 and steal 20+ bases. If he hits .300 then that’s a good #3 hitter and plenty of protection for A Rod. Plus, with Damon, Jeter and Abreu, the bases will be populated plenty for Rodriguez. I think next year, when Abreu is likely gone, then Cano becomes the #3 hitter. I think Giambi is ultimately a #6-7 hitter with Posada behind ARod then Giambi and Matsui or even Cano and Matsui depending on how the year plays out.
Duncan is sort of a wildcard but I agree that given his minor league stats, a .280 hitter he doesn’t appear to be. .250 with 20 HR is possible if he gets enough AB’s.

I am also watching people projecting this pitching to superhuman.

Hughes has 13 ML starts, Kennedy 3 or 4 and Joba none. You can’t project 19 W and a 3.65 ERA for someone who hasn’t pitched in the ML for that long.

I think if Phil gets 15W and a high 3’s ERA that would be great for his first full season.

I think Kennedy is in the same boat for wins and a slightly higher ERA because he needs to rely more on command than Phil does. Phil can rear back and blow a 95 MPH fastball by someone and Kennedy can’t . So 13-15W and a 4.20 ERA for Ian is more realistic.

I have no idea about Joba because who knows when he’s going to be in the rotation and how he will fair for more than 2 innings. It’s a complete unknown. My question is how does he setup Mo for 2-3 months for an inning or two, and then jump into the rotation and start throwing 6? How are they going to handle that?

If he joins the rotation in mid June, and succeeds, then 8-10 wins and a 4 ERA are all we should hope for. Don’t assume the type of success as a starter that he had last year as a reliever.

Personally, I think his whole year hinges on Moose. I think if Moose is pitching reasonably well in June (mid 4’s ERA, 6 wins or so) then I think Joba stays in the bullpen. I think if Moose is tanking, which is entirely possible, then Joba hits the rotation.

It will be fun though.

T-minus 19 days until Opening Day!

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