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Let's go Yan-Kees.
a prediction for prediction's sake:
Mr. Andy: 6 1/3 IP 2 ER, 6 H, 4 K, 1 BB
Pen: 2 2/3 IP, 1 ER 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB
Oaktown Pitching: 7 ER, 11 H, 5 K, 5 BB
The Good: Posada 2-4 HR 2B, Abreu, 2-3 2 BB, Melky 3-4 (all singles)
The Bad: Farnsworth 1 IP 2 H 1 ER (solo shot by Ellis)
The Ugly: Blanton 4 IP 5 ER 8 H 4 K 3 BB
4/5 TBR- 36
4/10 @ KC- 59
4/15 @ TBR- 49
4/20 @ BAL- 74
4/25 @ CLE- 33
4/30 DET- 40
5/6 CLE- 60
5/12 @ TBR- 29
5/17 NYM- 51
5/23 SEA- 57
5/28 @ BAL- 42
6/2 @ MIN- 41
6/7 KCR- 15
Also, I kind of hope Mo gets another night off after his first four-straight-day performance of his career.
screw joey joe joe and his auto-pilot managing
i'm usually the one preaching patience, but i think this year it's time for cashman to shake some things up
Why did they change managers again? (And this coming from one of the louder Torre critics on this board.)
Obviously, the analysis above is stating the obvious, but it is also very true. The last thread about the Mets juxtaposed the feeling around the two teams, and the reason I think the Mets situation is more dire is because they are finding lots of different ways to lose games. The Yankees on the other hand seem to alternate playing well with playing poorly. If you think about it, the Yankees have not had many excruciating losses...when they lose, they deserve too.
Jeter was right...this team is consistently inconsistent. I don't know why that is, or how to overcome it.
11 which means i won't have to worry about him hitting another one any time soon, let alone tonite
i think gardner is worth a shot, send down duncanstein (he's pointless, anyway) and bring up gardner to start in CF. make melky the 4th OF, he's got the range and arm to play everywhere out there.
That all said, I am curious, what do you think should be done when (if ever) the team jettisons the third C? Do you have a specific player in mind to take the roster spot?
Besides, with no DH the next 3 games in Houston - which means no rest for Posada - and Giambi, Matsui, and Damon hitting as well as they are, Melky is the guy most likely to sit then.
5 My guess is Girardi hopes Cano is going to hit himself out of this, but I think I'm with you. What we don't know is how that would affect Cano. The worst thing to do would be to drive him into a deeper funk.
Twenty-four pitches in the first inning is a good start, though.
Fastball up, Fastball up, Fastball over the plate.
In addition, his 4.05 FIP is not that different from his real ERA, so he's pitching pretty well in line with his peripherals.
Well, it looks like they aren't pitching well in that scenario either. Their OPS against with RISP is .775, which is higher than the league average of .757, not to mention much higher than the offense's .711 mark.
For perspective, the Yankees batters are out OPSing their opponents .767 to .738 overall.
I agree I would like Brett on the Bench, but Cashman has said a number of times the Yankees don't want Gardner up just to ride the pine. Bewteen JD, Matsui and Abreu, we don't know what our OF will be in 2009. If there IS room for Gardner, it's best to give him as much time in AAA as possible.
I still think Jeter is the 'spark plug' for this team. Batting 2nd, when he sucks, it takes a lot away from our ability to score. Only 33 RS in 66 games for Jeter. NOT good.
robbie cano??? not so much.
It will be a nice little vacation for AGon and give Robbie some time to think.
In 87 ABs in April, he hit .299/.370/.494/.864
In 82 ABs from May 1 to May 27, he "hit" .195/.241/.268/.510
In 38 ABs from May 28 until June 7, he hit .410/.429/.462/.890
In 14 ABs from June 7 to tonight, Melky has "hit" .067/.067/.267/.333
So we've got one 96 AB sample where he's hit for shit, and a 125 AB sample where he's hit like an almost All-Star. Which one is real? I can't tell. Past performance says he's closer to the .850+ OPS guy than the .510- OPS guy. He's 23 - a year younger than Gardner. He's already shown solid performance in the bigs, at a time when Gardner was still in A-ball. Isn't it way too early for the Yanks to give up on Melky?
And that goes triple for Cano.
However, because Betemit can't field at 2B, when Pettitte and Wang pitch, I'd let AG play 2B - he goes out when they do - but the rest of the time, I'd take my chances with Betemit's glove.
The year Bernie made "the leap" was 1994 (he was 25, BTW). That April, his OPS was .661. Then in May, it was .827.
(BTW - I am not saying Melky is the 2nd coming of Bernie. I'll be shocked if he's that good. All I'm saying is, let's not give up on the kid yet. He may yet make that leap. Gardner does not have the same kind of upside.)
89 Not that fouls aren't ridiculously subjective, but I've always wondered if Oscar Robertson got away with taking 4 or 5 steps before shooting, as Jordan often did. My guess is no.
Perhaps someone should point out to Mr. Stern that, oh yes indeed, his refs do affect the outcome of games. They always have and they always will.
C's within 1, 83-82, 4:45 to go. The Celtics are the one Boston-area sports team I have no dislike of whatsoever.
79 Along your lines, Jeter at his usual levels plus Posada means 7 capable hitters, which help a heck of a lot.
That's why I want them to sit (especially Cano, who is vastly underperforming). They need to know this team will move ahead without them, and that they have to perform.
Maybe trading Melky will wake up Cano?
I don't know what the answer is, but I do know they BOTH need a KICK IN THE ASS!
I think it was for college ball, but didn't Bill James determine that if a team was up by 8 with 2 minutes left, they were very likely to win? (Something like that?)
He and Cano are the two main culprits for this asstastic season.
There's a profession lacrosse league? Seriously?
I wouldn't put Wang in that category because he has had some very poor starts, but has kept the Yankees in most every game.
C'mon Godzilla, at the least get the damn ball in the air!
Godzilla, thank you!
That's a better birthday present for yourself than a whole stack of hentai! Um, I mean, so I've heard...
meanwhile, that SURE looked like a fat pitch on gameday
when do you start blaming cano for the obvious???
At least it would get the 6 best hitters more PAs than the 3 worst hitters in the lineup, and break up the gruesome twosome of outs.
Wow, the C's are about to win.
If Long is not spending hours with Cano everyday, why do the Yankees have a hitting coach.
160 Hmm. Thanks. That could be the reason . . . but what's his eBABIP? If he's way below that, he's bound to break out of it. If he's not, . . .
It was, however, nice to see a hit from spots 7-8-9 for a change.
Besides Ken, just be glad you're not a Met (or Billy Wagner) fan.
Just so long as he's alive, and didn't pop a vein screaming at Cano's crappy hitting. I miss his "C'mon team, time for a hit . . . choke up on the f'ing bat!" rants.
oh, wait ... never mind.
good andy, good!
By the way, very encouraging game from Pettitte. Hopefully the worst is already behind him and he might be turning it around.
"No team had ever overcome more than a 15-point deficit in the first quarter, and although the league doesn't have a record for the largest rally in a finals game..."
Does that make any sense? They keep a record of largest deficit in the first quarter, but not largest overall deficit? And with all the press releases and databases and gophers, etc., no one can figure out what the largest deficit has been? Or hazard a guess?
One of the things I truly love about baseball is SABRE.
As soon as I write that, Girardi abandons all imagination and takes out a rolling Pettitte to bring in an overworked Rivera.
Still, 113 pitches is the second-most by Pettitte this year, and he'd probably pass 125 to finish the game. I would have accepted Farnsworth in this instance. But, the save-stat pushes tactics once again.
That's not enough time for Mo to warm up?
I guess with all the Torre-bashers, it was a grass-is-greener type scenario. Are there really any smart tacticians out there?
Even though he was at 113, the last few innings were a breeze for Andy. Sometimes it's more about how the pitcher feels than the count. Unless Andy said he was spent, I think Girardi should have saved a few bullets tonight.
As for pitch totals, I agree with you in abstract--but at the same time I have been persuaded by some of Neyer's articles in the past showing how high pitch totals (120s) tend to be followed by rough starts.
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