The following are comments from today's MLB on TBS Sunday Game of the Week between the Yankees and Indians
Announcers: Chip Caray (play-by-play), Buck Martinez (analyst) and Marc Fein (studio highlights)
Martinez on the importance of Cleveland Indians pitcher CC Sabathia to his team: "I think there are only about 10 aces in all of baseball and CC Sabathia his last time out pitched like an ace, and because of that this Indians team is playing with a lot of confidence, the bats have come around and they have put together a nice win streak simply because CC Sabathia is an ace again."
Martinez on NY Yankees starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang: "If the Yankees are going to get back to the postseason for the fourteenth straight time it is going to be because of their starting pitching, and it's not Ian Kennedy and it's not Phil Hughes, it's Chien-Ming Wang who is going to have to lead the way."
Martinez on NY Yankees first baseman Shelley Duncan: "He really gave them a shot of enthusiasm last year when he came up and hit seven home runs in a very limited amount of playing time. They kind of call him their Kirk Gibson, he means that kind of energy to this ballclub."
Martinez on NY Yankees catcher Jose Molina: "He is one of the premiere backup catchers in all of baseball."
Martinez on the offensive struggles of the NY Mets: "The Mets have some concerns. Carlos Delgado is hitting under .200 and certainly not providing the power they need from their big first baseman, and the majority of that offense is placed squarely on the shoulders of David Wright and Jose Reyes."
Caray and Martinez spoke with NY Yankees manager Joe Girardi in-between innings.
Girardi on the state of his ballclub during their extended road trip: "We've played pretty well. We've struggled at times a little bit offensively and with our starting pitching, but we've had a long stretch here...We've hung in there and played a lot of good games."
Martinez on the NY Yankees: "It's the Yankees, and it wouldn't be normal if there wasn't a lot of turmoil surrounding this club. Lots of controversy about (Ian) Kennedy and (Phil) Hughes and whether Joba Chamberlain should be starting or relieving, and I don't think its that serious a problem."
Martinez on the Chicago White Sox: "I think they are (for real), they've got the pitching strength. It appears Gavin Floyd has finally discovered the potential that the Phillies saw in him when they made him a number one pick...another thing they've done is they've build up the bullpen ahead of Bobby Jenks, bringing in (Octavio) Dotel was a good move, bringing in Scott Linebrink was another good move and they've really shortened up their games effectively."
Martinez on whether the Detroit Tigers can make the postseason: "I don't know, I have questions about their starting pitching and whether or not they can be consistent enough."
Caray on the pitching woes of the Texas Rangers: "They might need Nolan Ryan to come out of the front office and pitch in the pen."
Martinez on the Arizona Diamondbacks: "Unbelievable turnaround for the Diamondbacks. They lead the National League in runs scored, doubles (and) triples, they're third in home runs and they were last a year ago. Marvelous turnaround by a group of young hitters that have matured very quickly."
Caray on the terrific pitching and hitting of Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Micah Owings: "Since last August he is 19 for his last 39; so he can pitch you a shutout and maybe hit fourth, not bad."
CC Sabathia on his impending free agency: "This is home, I mean I've been here since I was 17 years old, eleven years now. This is the only place I know and I feel comfortable here, coming in from the parking attendants to the General Manager I feel comfortable, so that's been the biggest difference."
Martinez on the CC Sabathia's needs versus those of the MLB Players Association: "He is very genuine and sincere about his desire to stay here (in Cleveland). Get the deal done and don't let the outside influences cloud your judgment. The Players Association want him to set the standard for free agent contracts in this off-season and at his age, 27, he'll turn 28 in July, he is the premiere free agent pitcher on the market. (Johan) Santana's contract of 137 million with the Mets, they want him to out do that contract, and I don't know if that is going to make him happy."
Martinez on the Yankees homegrown talent: "When the Yankees were in the midst of those four World Series Championships it was the homegrown talent; Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera (that led them), and I think that they potentially have the same foundation now with the three pitchers; (Ian) Kennedy, (Phil) Hughes, (Joba) Chamberlain and the two position players; Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano...and when you look at the past World Champions most of them have a lot of homegrown talent."
Martinez on whether he thinks Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain should be a starter or a reliever: "I know there has been a lot of controversy surrounding Joba Chamberlain about whether he should start or be used as an eighth inning set-up guy and as a former manager this is where he was meant to be in my mind...I believe he can turn into Mariano Rivera in a couple of years when Rivera steps aside."
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