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August 26, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Wallace Matthews

Wallace Matthews
  (1:00 PM)

Good afternoon everyone. I'm just off a plane from Toronto, home for the day and then heading to Chicago in the morning. Plenty to talk about so teem 'em up and I'll try to knock off as many as I can over the next half-hour.

David (CT)

When is Lance Berkman eligible to come off of the DL and have the Yankees put any of their players on waivers?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:03 PM)

He, David. Berkman is eligible to come off on August 31, the only one of the half-dozen yanks on the DL who can come back before sept. 1. However, yankees will probably wait until after rosters expand to re-activate him so as not to have to send anyone out to make room. as to your other question, I think Pettitte's bullpen session tomorrow is vital in terms of what this team is going to do about its pitching. If he can't go full-speed tomorrow, I expect Cashman to go full-speed on the waiver wire for someone like Lilly or Kuroda or someone comparable. Don;t think another bat is a high priority right now.

Nick (CT)

When will Phil Hughes stop pumping fastballs and start throwing all his pitches? I understand confidence in your fastball but his best games are when he throws his changeup. How can Eiland not point that out to him? You always see him talking to CC and if you watch pitchers like Cecil last night you see what a good changeup can do to the Yankees lineup.

Wallace Matthews
  (1:17 PM)

That's a great question, because if last night's game showed us anything, it is that Hughes fastball is not always a swing-and-miss pitch, and I think you hit on the point when you mention confidence, Clearly, Hughes lacks confidence in his changeup. he's far more likely to go with his curveball in an off-speed situation, or try to blow a fastball by, but last night, it didn;t work with Vernon Wells. This is an issue he and Eiland are going to have to address if Hughes is going ot return to the level of performance he showed early this year

Wallace Matthews
  (1:17 PM)

Sorry to disappear on you for awhile, but I had to take a phone call from Brian Cashman. Sort of important. Back to the chat

Steve (mystiqueandaura.com)

Wally, of the titles the Core Four have won, do you think they celebrate and appreciate last years the least due to having A-Rod on the team with them? Even though they won, they weren?t quite the close-knit team due to A-Rod?s distractions.

Wallace Matthews
  (1:20 PM)

Hey, steve. No, I don;t think that at all, In fact, I think the four guys you are referring to really cherished last year's title because they came to realize how hard it is to win one after going nearly 10 ears without one. That may seem like a silly statement, esp. to a Cubs fan, for instance, but Jeter, Pettitte, Mariano and Posada all grew up winning titles every year and you know they had to havebeen starting to believe they would never see another one. I don't think the presence of any one player on the team could spoil a thing like that for any of them

John (New York)

At the end of the 2010 baseball season..where do you see the Yankees standing when its all over?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:23 PM)

Hey, John. That's probably the toughest question for any of us to answer because of the tenacity of the Rays and the shakiness right now of the Yankee starting staff. I would be very surprised if this race didn;t go right down to the final weekend, and whether the Yankees win it or settle for the WC will go a long way to determining how far they go in October. If the win the AL East and get home field advantage for the first two rounds, I could see them going to the World Series and probably winning it. If they wind up as a wild card, you might see them go out in the first round to team like Texas, with a stud like Cliff Lee pitching two games ina five-game series.

jen Parrish (tigard oregon)

Hey wally-What do we need to do to get Phil back on track

Wallace Matthews
  (1:26 PM)

Hello, my friend and thanks for joining us! I think Hughes needs to work his changeup back into his repertoire. Althought he throws hard, when his cutter is not sinking and staying level like it did last night, he's easy pickings for dead fastball hitting teams. I thinkhe throws too many fastballs and doesn;t mix in enough off-speed stuff. All spring , we heard about how great a weapon his changeup would be this season but after the first moth or so, he abandoned it and has become a guy who throws 85-90 percent fastballs, I think he should try to rediscover that pitch, and fast

Eric (Boston)

Anything that suggests Javy is nursing an injury while in the bullpen? Also, can we declare August over yet?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:27 PM)

Hey, Eric. Javy insists he's fine, so I'll take him at his word. Until he goes on the DL, of course. (Only kidding) and the last time I checked, August still had five days to go

Joe Buck (Parts Unknown)

A-Rod says hi to me...why don't you?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:27 PM)

Afraid I might hurt myself

Eric (NY)

Considering the records of the various teams and how difficult it would be to make playoffs for RedSox is Joe Girardi being overly cautious now when it comes to his lineups?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:29 PM)

Hey, eric. I think it is Girardi's nature to be overlu cautious about everything. He is the dad you would have loved to have had when you were in school, because every sniffle would have gotten you a week off. However, I think he would be a fool to believe the Red sox are out of this, esp since he has to play them six times over the last two weeks of the season, incl at fenway the final three games

Joe Morgan (NYC)

If Pettitte not back for playofffs Yankees rotation is CC, AJ, Hughes and ?? (Ace? Nova? Moseley?)

Wallace Matthews
  (1:31 PM)

Hey, Joe. Aren;t you in the Hall of Fame? Thought so. Then you should know it won;t be Ace, who may not come back at all this season. Best guess is either Nova or Moseley or-- and this is a real longshot -- some pitcher they pluck off the waiver wire over the next couple of days. But i seriously doubt that is going to happen

David (CT)

Any chance Javier Vazquez could be traded between now and August 31st? Also in terms of the rest of the league do you think there will be a lot or a fair amount of deals getting done between now and August 31st?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:33 PM)

Its an interesting question and I would not be at all surprised if Javy's name is on the waiver wire right now. Yankees would no doubt have to pick up whatever is left of the $11.5 million they are paying him, but it might be worth it for another team to take a chance on him, esp, an NL team. Don;t know how much will be happening this week but I don;t think the Yankees are going to do anything

Tyler (SC)

What team do you see winning the NL East? How about the AL East?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:34 PM)

I don't know. The Mets? Only kidding. Probably the Braves, but admittedly I haven;t seen much NL ball this year

Maac (NY)

What do you think of A-rod hitting fifth when he returns?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:35 PM)

Hello, Maac. The real question is, what does A-Rod think of it? We know what happened the last time a Yankee mgr. tried to drop him in the lineup, and Girardi has already said he considers Alex a cleanup hitter. I had him saying it this week. I like Cano in the 4-hole but I don;t think Girardi would do it this year. Maybe next year

logan (hartford)

hey wally- what was cashman/the yanks thinking when they signed Nick "im always hurt" johnson? please tell me you didnt think that was a good move

Wallace Matthews
  (1:36 PM)

They were thinking, maybe we'll get lucky and save a few bucks. Never a good strategy, especially fo a team with plenty of bucks and a player with no luck at all. Although I like Nick, I never liked this move

Kanye West (via mobile)

Wallace Matthews this is a great chat and Ima let you finish, but I gotta say that earlier today Rich Cimini had one of the greatest chats of all-time!

Wallace Matthews
  (1:37 PM)

don;t be a jackass

John (New York)

What was the phone call from Brian Cashman about?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:37 PM)

Uh, baseball. That is all I can say right now

Steve (mystiqueandaura.com)

Speaking of Cashman, do you think he will ever do a tell all book for his time with the Yankees?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:37 PM)

No. But then, I didn;t think Torre would, either

Steve (mystiqueandaura.com)

If Manny gets to the Yankees on waivers, what are they odds they would take him? 1%? What if they never got Berkman, do you think Manny would have been a legitmate possibilty for the stretch run?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:38 PM)

Zero. That is one thing the GM told me that I believe I can share

Wallace Matthews
  (1:39 PM)

Ladies and gentlemen, great time as always. we went a little overtime because of that rude interruption by the GM, but we;ll do it again next week. Thanks