Chat with Wally Matthews
Welcome to ESPNNewYork.com! On Wednesday, New York Yankees beat writer Wally Matthews will stop by to take your baseball questions.
Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He joins ESPNNewYork to cover the Yankees, which he's done since the days of Stump Merrill, having worked for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and 1050 ESPN Radio.
Send your questions now and join Matthews Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET!
Wallace Matthews (10:58 AM)
Good morning everyone. Sorry about the confusion regarding the time. Ready to go now, so let's play ball
BrandonL (Akron OH)
Good Day Mr.Wall-E,I was wondering how do you think Andruw Jones is going to fair this season for the Yankees? I think his stats will/should look like this .250 BA 27 HR 73 RBI any thoughts?
Wallace Matthews (11:00 AM)
Hey, Brandon. I think if Jones can put up stats like that he should be the regular left fielder. I doubt he'll play enough to do anything like that, although the yankees are hoping for something similar to what he did for the White Sox. They're thinking 15-19 HRs off the bench is a reasonable expectation and a pretty decent upgrade over Marcus Thames. Jones had a lousy spring but ast night was a sign that maybe they are right.
BrandonL (Akron OH)
Good Afternoon I was wondering if you think i am crazy to think that the Yankees may have 4 players with 40+ Homeruns (Cano,Tex,ARod,Posada)?
Wallace Matthews (11:01 AM)
not crazy but I think that number is unlikely for Cano and Posada
wally!!!last week a guy asked you if the yanks should bring back sheff and you answered "sure"!i asked you about sheff for 4 straight weeks and you always told me no way!!!what gives????
Wallace Matthews (11:02 AM)
i was just busting chops. sorry to get your hopes up. sheff's not coming back. Never
Michael C. (Westport, CT)
I see that on Bat Day this year only the first 10,000 14-and-under fans get bats. Assuming that the Sunday day game crowd includes thousands more youngsters than that, do you know if Lonn Trost has hatched any plans for the tearful kids left out, like perhaps offering their parents the option to purchase bats for $100 each?
Wallace Matthews (11:02 AM)
sounds like a plan. although right now it looks like he may have some leftover bats even limiting it to 10,000
Joe S. (NYC)
Might Girardi take a page from Torre's playbook and bat Jeter eighth?
Wallace Matthews (11:04 AM)
seriously doubt it. One of Girardi's biggest problems is what to do with Jeter if he proves he can;t bat first or second. But I dn;t think he'll do that; Torre did it mainly because he didn;t like a-Rod. I think Girardi respects Jeter
Is it possible Cashman could seek financial relief from the Mets due to their overuse of Feliciano?
Wallace Matthews (11:05 AM)
yes, since of course he had no idea the Mets had used Feliciano in like every single game for the past three years
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Do you think that Major League Baseball should ban the use of Chewing Tobacco to Players & Staff?
Wallace Matthews (11:06 AM)
I'll answer both your questions: No on the chewing tobacco. I believe in allowing adults to make their own decisions regarding matters of personal safety. And does it really matter when A-Rod breaks the HGH Home Run record? As far I'm concerned, Hank Aaron is still the all-time home run king, Roger Maris the singe-season champ
Do you like the Yanks rotation? Do you think they can get any mid-season trades to help them out?
Wallace Matthews (11:08 AM)
I liked it more in the spring than I do now. CC is a beast and Nova shows potential, but there are significant worries about Hughes, AJ is still AJ and I would be shocked if Freddy Garcia is still a Yankee by the all-star break. So yeah, I think a mid-season trade is practically essential to their chances. And don;t ask me for who--it's too early to know whic teams will be selling and who will be available
Ugh, a morning chat after that disaster last night? I got a bad feeling about Soriano last night even when only one guy was on. Just a bad vibe in the stadium from what I could tell by watching TV. Is he going to make it as a Yankee? Here's to a better game 6 today.
Wallace Matthews (11:10 AM)
I don;t know how to answer that. From the day the deal was announced, I was a little leery because of the two opt-out clauses. It seemed like neither soriano nor the Yankees was really committed to one another. I had heard of his reputation at other places, but his aloofness and distance from his teammates in spring training was obvious. And after what he did last night, skipping out of the clubhouse and leaving his teammates to shoulder the responsibility of speaking to the media, and by extension, to the fans, wil not sit well with the club. So I think after just 5 games, sori already has some rehab to do on his image and his season
Jesus Montero (Scranton)
I just got an offer to work in the Dunder Mifflin warehouse this offseason. Do you think that's a better career move than winter ball, after the spring training I just had?
Wallace Matthews (11:11 AM)
Dunno. How's the retirement plan?
Sigg (Washington DC)
Are there any positives that the Yanks lost the game the way they did last night? IMHO I think there are.
Wallace Matthews (11:13 AM)
Sigg, I wish you would have shared them. The obvious positives are CC, Teixeira and Andruw Jones, who showed he still has some life in his bat. I thought David Robertson pitched OK and deserved better, and Luis Ayala did well in a tough spot. Every bullpen is going ot break down once in a while, so I don;t see that as a catastrophe. But the tendency of the offense to let down, and to rely too heavily on the long ball, is certainly a concern.
Hey Wally,The whole Posada situation has been bugging me for awhile. Why doesn't Girardi let him be the backup catcher? If he catches a game or two a week we could keep his bat in the lineup and let somebody like A-Rod or Jeter be the DH and get a little rest. We also wouldn't need to carry a nobody like Gustavo Molina and free up a roster spot for another pitcher. We know he can handle the workload. I was at the game last night and saw that he was even in there catching warmup pitches from CC & co. for Russell Martin. He's achin' to get in there. LET THE MAN CATCH!!!
Wallace Matthews (11:16 AM)
Nick, Girardi's adamance that Posada not catch under any circumstances is puzzling to say the least. So are his reasons. Last week, he said it was because of worries about Posada's concussions last year, a concern Posada shrugged off. Then, it was he hasn;t caught since last year so his legs aren;t ready. The latest is, "He's our DH." I don;t think he should be the backup catcher - that will be Cervelli's job when he comes back -- but certainly the manager should at least consider him as the third (emergency) catcher. Thankfully, Girardi at least allowed he would "probably" use posada before Eduardo Nunez! Insulting
if it's true that soriano is a diva relieva, you think it's possible that he tanked it in order to send a message to girardi that he doesn't want to and won't be used in low leverage situations?
Wallace Matthews (11:17 AM)
"Diva relieva"! I like that. Buty I don;t think he did that last night. I think he just had a bad outing. It';s the way he handled it that is concerning, because if you can;t stand up and take responsibiity, youre not going to fit in very well in that clubhouse nor fare very well in the press. someone has to sit soriano down and talk to him. sounds like a job for Mo
Is there any chance of a Gardner/Jones platoon?
Wallace Matthews (11:19 AM)
I would have to think so. If Gardner continues to struggle, I could see Girardi sitting him in favor of Jones. the plan is for Jones to play against lefties anyway, for either gardner or granderson, but yu might see Gardner on the bench more if his bat doesn't heat up. Of course, that now makes D jeter the leadoff hitter again, which opens up a whole new can of worms
Please tell me what Giradi was thinking last night. He had Robertson up in the 7th when CC's pitch count was getting up as an insurance, but when the 8th starts he goes with Soriano and the score was still 4-0. What was the benefit of bringing him in. Even if Soriano did the job, he's not going to be available today after back to back days. More blame should be on Girardi
Wallace Matthews (11:21 AM)
I agree with yu and that was going to be my original column had sori not pulled his disappearing act. Girardi's reason -- "he's my eighth-inning guy" does;t wash, because as far as I know, there will be an eighth-inning every night and obviously, the guy can;t pitch them all, unless the yankees plan to "abuse" him a la Pedro feliciano. Last nights game looked like the perfect chance to rest both sori and mo and have them fresh for Garcias start today. so yeah, the manager screwed up
Jen Parrish (tigard oregon)
Hey wally. good thing i checked in. How are you. So is joe going to use d rob more.
Wallace Matthews (11:24 AM)
Hi, Jen. assuming he is not injured, which he and the team insist he is not, Yanks believe Hughes' velocity problem is a matter of arm strength. we'll see. without a live fastball, Hughes doesn;t have a whole lot else. The offense is hitting well, but relying too much on the long ball and not bulding runs or tacking on late in games. Biggest surprise for me so far is tex' hot start. And I must say, the food in the yankee press box is not nearly as good as it has been the past two years. And the price went up. Have a great day and enjoy the game
I know we joke about how much things cost in here but I went to a game over the weekend and it cost $35 to park my car a half mile from the Stadium. $35 is a decent seat in most stadiums.
Wallace Matthews (11:27 AM)
The $35 parking fee is an outrage and one of the reasons, I believe, that attendance is down so markedly this season. By the time you gas up the car, pay your tolls - $6.50 each way in NY and I forget how much from NJ -- and pay your parking you;re out close to 75 bucks before you walk in the door. The Yankees insist they have no control over parking and get no revenue from it. I would like to see someone do a full accounting of it to be sure. and by the way, what will they charge for the playoffs? $50 is a good guess, but it could be as high as double th eprice. $70 to park your car?
110 wins - over or under?
Wallace Matthews (11:27 AM)
In how many seasons?
You guys are sure making a lot of a few walks and a bloop double. As much as I'd like to rub it in, it's hardly anyone's fault. It's just how baseball goes sometimes.
Wallace Matthews (11:29 AM)
who are "You guys?" What are you talking about? Is it not a big deal to blow a 4-0 lead with four outs left in the game? Doesn't matter how it happens. They blew a game they should have won, and this loss will count as much as a loss in september.
whats with the attendence? its not quite as bad as the Marlins but its still embarrassing seeing so many empty seats.
Wallace Matthews (11:32 AM)
biggest mystery of the new season so far. Don;t tell me it;s the weather. it's cold every april. and don;t tell me it's th eopponent. Yanks did better opening against Cleveland two years ago and the angels last year. Maybe the bloom is off the whole Yankee thing. Or maybe people have started to take a look at their bills and decided baseball games, especially games that cost more than a Broadway show, are luxuries that are going to have to be eliminated from the family budget.
Wallace Matthews (11:33 AM)
As Rafi soriano likes to say, "I'm done." sorry again about the confusion over the time. still had a good turnout. we'll do it again next wednesday. Thanks