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Friday night pits Chris Young (1-1, 7.62 ERA) vs. Kevin "Don't Bring Me" Brown (0-1, 9.00) at the stadium. Could be a wild one. Then again, watch it be a pitcher's duel...what are the odds? Hmmm.
ok, just goofing. I was pretty psyched that he got an at bat in a key situation. It bodes well and I think the more chances the better he'll do.
Nice to see Stanton face 4 and strike them all out.
Nice to see Phillips get an actual at bat. Being up at school in Boston, I didn't get to see the at bat, but my dad said he had two nice swings on the first two strikes. Bizarre decision by Torre, though to not pinch hit for Giambi against a lefty, to pinch hit for Tino with Sanchez, to pinch hit for Flaherty with Phillips and then for Womack with Posada. I don't know about the rest of you, but doesn't that seem like the reverse of the desirable order to use them as pinch hitters?
I really believe Brown will turn it around. He's made a lot of real good pitches from the 3rd inning on. Hopefully, with more work he'll make more good pitches before that.
...do you think they'll play that Ted Nugent song over the stadium system whenver he's warming up or coming in from the pen?
We are 20 games into the season... which is now not brand new. While it is still April, this has been a VERY disturbing year.
You need to really look hard to find bright spots. Yeah, Jetes and Matsui are doing well. Sheff is OK. ARod is under-achieving, but not by too, too much. But all-in-all,
terrible pitching, both starting and relieving, basically horrible offense except for a few 'bust out' games, and flawed defense.
This is really bad. While it has to get better (how can it get worse), this does not look like a team that can beat the Sox or make the post season.
Getting RJ (will kill us in 2006 & 7) and Wright instead of kepping Lieber, Hernandez and getting Beltran, will haunt us for a decade.
I am trying not to be a bummer, but I can't help but feel I am reading the writing on the wall. Alex... Cliff..... help me. Be honest. Can his team really make the post season????
Aside that Schill is coming off an unusual injury, and that he was excellent last year (as Brown was terrible), Schills Ks are more then twice as good and his ERA is 1.5 better.
And this is Schill at his worst. I simply dont think there is comparison here to rationalize that Brown has something left.
Also, Schills last outing wasn't bad, there were 3 unearned (Manny) runs.
I dont think Brown is an 8 ERA. But I dont think he is 4 or under either.
It is now 10 to 2, 18 hits to 4, against a team with no pitching. Our run coming, of all things, from a Crosby ph (for Sheff).
I think this is the year I start drinking heavily.
The comment regarding last season makes me feel a little better about things, but last year our problem seemed to be offense for the most part, and we knew (or felt very strongly) that would turn around. This year it's pitching. I don't know that a turnaround is on the horizon, when we have Wright hurt already and Brown pitching like crap, a lot of guys with MPHs disappearing from their fastballs, and a bullpen that is very shaky.
At this point, the problems are many - as have been itemized ad infinitum within this blog. My greatest fear right now, however, is Joe Torre's stubborn allegiance to his veterans and the possibility that the Yankees will smack the panic button come July. Pulling a Phillips/Bean/Cano for Clemens trade, to me, would be disastrous and would epitomize the short-sightedness that this organization has come to embrace.
By the way - that A-Rod/Webber comparison was apt. Neither player has - thus far in their respective careers - displayed the requisite mental toughness to thrive in pressure-packed situations. Period.
Of course I'll retract all this when A-Rod picks up his game and lifts the Yankees single-handedly into the playoffs (Right A-Rod? Right???).
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