Jeter and Rivera
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It’s always fun to generate and debate lists. Since I’m a Red Sox fan I am doing the dreaded New York Yankees second. Here’s the All-2000 to Present New York Yankees Lineup.
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C – Jorge Posada
1B – Mark Teixeira
2B – Robinson Cano
3B – Alex Rodriguez
SS – Derek Jeter
RF – Nick Swisher
LF – Brett Gardner
CF – Bernie Williams
DH – Hideki Matsui
SP – Andy Pettitte
SP – Mike Mussina
SP – C.C. Sabathia
SP – Roger Clemens
SP – Masahiro Tanaka
Closer – Mariano Rivera
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By Matt Carpenter
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One of the toughest decisions owners are going to have to make this year is what to do at shortstop if they miss out on Hanley Ramirez and Troy Tulowitzki. The position gets ugly really quick. Let’s take a look at the position and look for the best bet other than the two first round studs.
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The next shortstop to go off the board is Jose Reyes. His value is based primarily on speed, yet his stolen base percentage dropped in 2010, to the lowest of his career. A healthy Reyes should steal about 40, but the days of approaching 80 steals seem unreasonable. 40 steals and 80 runs can be found for a cheaper price.
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The next two players are Jimmy Rollins and Derek Jeter. Besides being a frequent visitor to the disabled list, Rollins seems to be on the downside of his career, hitting .243 and .250 his last two seasons. He has little pop and is good in the steals category, but not great. At 36, Jeter took a huge step back last year and even with a modest bounce back, he also seems overvalued as a fourth round pick. Let the Yankee fan in your draft grab him.
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The next shortstop being taken in most drafts is Elvis Andrus. Think of him as Jose Reyes light, with his upside purely in steals. He has no power and his career batting average is .266. Yet, he is the 68th player off the board according to Mock Draft Central.
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Finally, we reach Alexi Ramirez as the 99th player taken. Comparing him to the four shortstops taken before him, sexy Alexi hits for a higher average, drives in more runs, and has more power than all of them, hitting 18 HR’s last season. Although not a speedster, Ramirez does give you double digit steals, so you are really not losing that much.
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The reason for choosing Ramirez as your shortstop comes down to value. Reyes, Rollins, Jeter, and Andrus all have significant concerns yet are being drafted high because of their position. Alexi Ramirez’s numbers are bankable and while he will not win your league, his consistency will not lose your league either.
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Here’s a look at Middle Infielders who should bounce back from 2008 seasons that didn’t meet their standards.

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Derek Jeter
– I don’t see a huge jump for Jeter, but I expect him to score 100 runs and collect 200 hits, which is something he didn’t do in ’08 (88 & 179).  His .300 is below his .316 career mark, and I expect that to increase to around .310.  I don’t see much movement for Jeter in HRs, RBI, or SBs.

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Rafael Furcal – He only played in 36 games last year, so he will easily surpass his 2008 numbers.  Assuming he stays healthy he should hit around .300 with 100 Runs, 175 Hits, 27 Doubles, 6 Triples, 10 HRs, 60 RBI, and 30 SBs.  Furcal hit .357 and was one of the best players in the league in April so don’t expect to get him at a bargain. 
 
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Édgar Rentería
– So Rentería moves on to his sixth team.  Say what you want about him, the guy can hit.  Like most Tigers, Rentería had a down year hitting .270 with 69 Runs, 136 Hits, and 22 Doubles.  His RBIs were at 55, but he only had 57 the year before in Atlanta while hitting a career high .332.  From 2002-2007 he averaged 90.7 Runs, 173.2 Hits, 37.7 Doubles, and hit .303.  I expect he’ll produce somewhere in between last year’s stats and those averages.  That would put him at .287, 80 R, 155 H, and 30 Doubles.

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Khalil Greene
– He’s not much of a hitter, but clearly a move to St. Louis from San Diego has to help the paltry .213, 30 R, 83 H, 15 2B, 10 HR, 35 RBI he produced in 2008.  I don’t expect him to reach his 2007 numbers (89 R, 155 H, 44 2B, 27 HR, 97 RBI), but something more in line with what he did from 2004-2006 when he averaged .257, 58 R, 29 2B, 15 HR, and 63.3 RBI.

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Robinson Canó
– Canó digressed in 2008 hitting a career low .271.  He’s traditionally a slow starter with April (.237) and May (.271) being his worst two months.  Though he did hit .307 after the All-Star break, he never quite recovered from the .151 he hit in April.  His average wasn’t the only thing that suffered though.  He stats were down across the board.  He’s too good of a hitter in too good of an Offense to struggle again next year.  Hopefully the World Baseball Classic well allow him to hit the ground running on Opening Day.  
 
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Freddy Sánchez
– After hitting .315 in his first three years with the Pirates, Sánchez saw his average drop to .271. In 2006 & 2007 he averaged 191.5 Hits, 47.5 Doubles, 83 RBI.  Last year he had 154, 26, and 52.

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Friday, August 15th
Randy Wynn
went 4 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 Doubles, a HR, and 2 RBI.  Benjie Molina also had 4 Hits.  Melvin Mora went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, a Triple, a HR, 4 RBI, and a Walk.  Jack Cust smashed a pair of HRs and drove in 3 Runs.  Chris Snyder had 4 RBI.  Mark DeRosa scored 3 Runs, with a HR, 2 RBI, and 3 Walks.  Jason Kubel (3 RBI), Mark Teixeira, Aubrey Huff, Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Adam LaRoche, Albert Pujols, Ty Wiggington, Jeff Kent (he’s been on fire), Casey Blake, and Tony Clark each had 3 Hits.  Juan Castro and Carlos Pena each scored 3 Runs.  Daryle Ward, Chris Burke, and Jorge Cantu each had 3 RBI.

Matt Garza tossed a Complete Game two-hit Shutout with 9 Ks to improve to 10-7 with a 3.63 ERA.  Freakin’ Cliff Lee threw a Complete Game allowing 2 Runs to run his record to 17-2 with a 2.43 ERA.  Jamie Moyer gave up 3 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 11-7 with a 3.64 ERA.  Mike Pelfrey threw 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 11-8 with a 3.91 ERA.  Matt Cain gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 8-9 with a 3.57 ERA.  Brandon Webb gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 8 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 18-4 with a 2.85 ERA.  Francisco Liriano gave up 2 unearned Runs on 2 Hits in 7 Innings with 5 Ks to even his record at 3-3.   Gil Meche (6 Innings, 1 Run, 8 Ks) and Josh Johnson (6 Innings, 3 Runs, 5 Hits, 8 Ks) got no-decisions.  Jason Davis (7 Innings, 2 Runs), Greg Maddux (7 Innings, 1 Run, 5 Hits), and Jair Jurrjens (7 Innings, 2 Runs, 9 Ks) pitched well, but lost.

Thursday, August 7th
Lastings Milledge
went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 4 RBI.  Miguel Cabrera (3 RBI) Garrett Atkins (3 RBI), David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Jeff Kent, Joey Votto, Carlos Lee, Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Marlon Byrd, and Paul Konerko each had 3 Hits.  Hunter Pence and Mark Reynolds each had 3 RBI.   Carlos Guillen scored 3 Runs.

Mike Mussina tossed 7 scoreless Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 15-7 with a 3.27 ERA.  Charlie Morton threw 7 scoreless Innings giving up5 Hits to improve to 3-5.  Chris Volstad gave up 3 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings to improve to 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA.  Clayton Kershaw gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 2-3 with a 3.71 ERA.  Jason Bergmann gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 2-8.  Roy Oswalt gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings to improve to 9-8.  Odalis Perez gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 5-8.  Zach Miner gave up 1 Earned Run in 6 Innings to improve to 6-4 with a 3.57 ERA.   Johan Santana gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 7 Ks, but got a no-decision.  Who would have guessed the Mets would do him more wrong with their bats than the Twins did?  Felix Hernandez (8 Innings, 4 Hits, 1 Run, 5 Ks) and Andy Sonnanstine (7-1/3 Innings, 5 Hits, 1 Run) also got no-decisions. Cole Hamels gave up 2 Earned Runs in 6-1/3 Innings with 7 Ks, but lost.  Scott Feldman gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings, but lost.

Wednesday, June 25th
Carl Crawford
hit a pair of HRs with 5 RBI.  Bobby Abreu had 3 Hits and 4 RBI.  Carlos Guillen had 4 Hits and 3 RBI.  Jay Payton hit a pair of HRs with 4 RBI.  David Wright smacked a pair of HRs with 3 RBI.  Rick Ankiel had 2 HRs, 3 Runs, and 3 RBI.  Gary Sheffield and Chase Utley each had 4 Hits.  Kelly Johnson, Geovany Soto,  Jose Reyes, Kevin Cash each had 3 RBI.  Dustin Pedroia, Coco Crisp, Derek Jeter (3 Runs), Jose Castillo, Robinson Cano, Jack WIlson, Alex Rios, Evan Longoria (3 RBI), Ross Gload, and Carlos Gomez each had 3 Hits.  Mike Lowell and Brian Buscher each scored 3 Runs.

Eric Stults pitched a Complete Game four-hit Shutout to improve to 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA.  Kyle Kendrick gave up 4 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings to improve to 7-3.  Joba Chamberlain continued to prove The Boss II right by firing 6-2/3 scoreless Innings improving to 2-2 with a 2.03 ERA.  Tim Wakefield knuckled 7 scoreless Innings allowing 2 Hits with 6 Ks to improve to 5-5 with a 3.88 ERA.  Jorge Campillo gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits with 6 Ks in 7 Innings to improve to 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA.  Randy Johnson gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings, but took the Loss.  Barry Zito shocked Giants fans by going 6-2/3 Innings allowing just 1 Run on 4 Hits to improve to 3-11.  Tim Redding gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings, but got a no-decision.  John Maine gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 8-5 with a 3.73 ERA.  James Shields gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 5-5 with a 3.76 ERA.  Luke Hochevar gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings to even his record at 5-5.

Monday, June 2nd
Casey Blake
took top honors going 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 7 RBI.  Adrian Gonzalez went 3 for 4  with 2 Runs, a HR, 4 RBI, and a Walk.  Yunel Escobar (3 RBI), Derek Jeter, A-Rod, Michael Cuddyer (3 Runs), Delmon Young (3 RBI), Chase Utley (21st HR), Prince Fielder, Johnny Peralta, Casey Kotchman, Todd Helton, Matt Kemp (3 Runs), Bobby Crosby, Carlos Zambrano (seriously), Ryan Theriot, Bengie Molina, and Ray Durham each had three Hits.  Jason Michael hit a pinch-hit Grand Slam.  Marlon Byrd also Grand Slammed.  Adam Jones, Ben Francisco, Ian Kinsler, Michael Young, and Brian Horwitz each had 3 RBI.

Derek Lowe gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 8 Innings of work to improve to 3-5.  Ervin Santana gave up 2 Runs in 7-2/3 Innings to improve to 8-2 with a 3.02 ERA.  Jeremy Guthrie (6-1/3 Innings, 2 Runs), 5 Ks) and Tim Wakefield (7 Innings, 2 Runs) took no-decisions.  Kenny Rogers (7 Innings, 2 Runs) and Rich Harden (6-2/3 Innings, 2 Runs, 8 Ks) battled to no-decisions.  Jonathan Sanchez gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 4-3. 


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