Game 115: Post-Game Notes

— D.J. Mitchell looked like the new staff ace through six innings.  He was lucky to escape with the win after failing to get an out in the seventh, however.

Thunder manager Tony Franklin said after the game that this wasn’t the best he’d seen Mitchell, but it was close.  This was certainly the best I’d seen him, though.  He allowed just one hit through six, and has very quietly turned in a stretch of eight consecutive quality starts.

— Franklin was asked after the game if he thought the team has right now is capable of winning an Eastern League Championship.  His answer was predictable, in that he said — as he has countless times — that he always feels like what he has is enough.  Sometimes he’s right, like in 2007 and 2008.  Sometimes he isn’t, like last year.

This year?  Right now?  This exact group?  I disagree with him.  The pitching has about a month to change my mind, but both the starters and the bullpen have been too inconsistent for me to think this is a title-winning team.  And the way New Hampshire has absolutely handled them all season is pretty disconcerting as well.

— Let me tell you about how the Lance Pendleton promotion went down.  The staff ace had just come into the clubhouse, when Franklin poked his head out of his office to look for him.  Franklin asked Pendleton if he had finished all of his work, to which Pendleton replied that he had thrown his side and that he still had to go lift weights.

Franklin told him to hold off on that, and called Pendleton into his office and told him to shut the door.  About two minutes later, Pendleton emerged and shared the news with some of his teammates, who immediately offered their congratulations.

Franklin, however — and I have no problem with this whatsoever, as he’s just doing his job and can’t announce a move before it’s official — would not confirm the move, saying both before and after the game that Pendleton is still on the roster.

I also spoke to Cory Arbiso, who will take Pendleton’s place in the starting rotation.  He said he believes it will be for the rest of the season, and that he thinks his first start will be on the 14th.  I would imagine that everyone gets pushed up a day, which is fine given the off day the team will enjoy tomorrow.

My hunch on why the move isn’t official is that the team will activate Edwar Gonzalez from the disabled list to take Pendleton’s spot on the roster.  Adding Gonzo will put the team back to the ideal mix of 12 pitchers and 12 position players, but he was placed on the DL retroactive to August 2nd and therefore would not be eligible to come off until tomorrow.

Gonzalez said he had not heard anything about coming off of the DL just yet, however.

Look for comments from Pendleton in The Trentonian and also on my Twitter feed.

— It sounds like George Kontos could be pitching in the Arizona Fall League this season.  David Adams is also a possibility, but that isn’t as likely to happen.

— The Ryan Baker story will either run in The Trentonian on Tuesday or on here during the week.

— Here are a few photos…

Corban Joseph

D.J. Mitchell

Mitchell


Mitchell

Rene Rivera

— And two videos; one from last night…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

2 Responses to “Game 115: Post-Game Notes”

  1. Vinny Says:

    Might see Pettitte pitching here next week.Keep an eye out for news.

  2. YankeesVine » Blog Archive » Thunder Updates Says:

    […] Kontos is likely to be among the Yankees in the Arizona Fall League this season.  As a pitcher trying to […]

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