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-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Call up Britton, Ramirez and Duncan

Watching the bullpen and Johnny Damon melt before our eyes, it is time for changes.

Call up Chris "Great" Britton: Britton is 2-0 with a 2.41 ERA and six saves for AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He has 40 strikeouts and 11 walks in 33 2-3 innings. In two cups of coffee with the Yankees this year, he has a 1.80 ERA in five innings.

Call up Edwar Ramirez: Ramirez is 0-0 with a 0.83 ERA and four saves for AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He has 36 strikeouts and eight walks in 21 2-3 innings. In nine games in AA Trenton, he was 3-0 (0.54 ERA) with 33 strikeouts and eight walks.

Call up Shelley Duncan: Duncan is batting .296 (.383 OBP) with 19 home runs and 55 RBIs for AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. We already know Andy Phillips can't hit Major League pitching. Why not give Duncan a chance?

Put Damon on the DL. If Duncan shows he can hit, have him be the everyday designated hitter.

DFA Ron Villone: If Joe Torre insists on using Mike Myers every time a left-handed hitter is up then there is no need for Villone.

6 comments:

Dan LaTorraca said...

Man, I could not agree with you more

Andrea said...

Yeah, I'm with you on this one too. Chris Britton's first game was getting to play closer during that April 17 game that Chase Wright debuted in. It wasn't a tight game at all, hence, they let him play closer, but I was still incredibly impressed with him. Then the game in Chicago where DeSalvo just imploded, he pitched 3 innings with only one run allowed on a solo home run.

In other words--I do not see why Britton should not be called up. I don't know as much about Ramirez as I've never actualy seen him, but his numbers are quite good. Do they just keep Villone around because he's surley and old?

Dan LaTorraca said...

Ramirez is a cool guy, he's one of the tallest and skinniest in the clubhouse too; I have no idea how someone with his frame generates a 93 mph fastball, but hey, who cares? I haven't had a chance to speak with him directly yet, but I may next week.

Paul said...

Those are really good choices Andy. Villone really has had his opportunites and I mean this bullshit that Britton, who is doing very well in Scranton, hasn't been given an opportunity. I don't know what kind of glove Shelley Duncan has but he can always hit the ball for power.

Dan LaTorraca said...

Shelley is better than Phelps at first, and can handle the corner outfield spots. I put him in the Richie Sexson category defense wise.

Paul said...

Thanks for the info, Dan.

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