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The Yanks look to Mike Mussina to end a four-game skid, and perhaps save Mel Stottlemyre's hide. Remember, the Derby is today. When the dust clears from the track, my Spidey Sense tells me that Mt. Saint Steinbrenner is about to blow.
What about Giambi? Is he having a Nomar effect on the Team? If so, put him on the DL, keep Phillips when Sturtz/Sierra come back and get Giambi out of the dugout (IF this is INDEED a problem).
At this point, retribution won't help. We need moves that will help the team, both moral wise and player wise.
"The Yankees 11-19 record is their worst in their first 30 games since 1966. A loss today would be their worst start after 31 games since a 9-22 start in 1913."
Here are their final records in those seasons:
1912: 50-102 (.329)
1913: 57-94 (.377)
1925: 69-85 (.448)
1966: 70-89 (.440)
They can do it. Let's Go Yan-kees!
Mussina had an easy seventh, I see. What next? Hope he gets through the eighth and then bring in Sturtze?
Let the winning streak begin!! (Please.)
And for the moment, how about no more gloomy stats about the prospects for a team that begins the season with whatever the Yankee record happens to be on that day. If only becuz I'm guessing the sorry teams that established that metric didn't have half the Yankee's talent (however dormant) or one quarter the team's financial resources.
I'm thinking it's a mistake to punt on the team's season in the first week of May.
This is very true. Of All those teams that started badly, many were probably bad teams. How many of them were projected to win their division and maybe the WS? So this stat doesn't necessarily hold for us.
5 hits ain't exactly a slug fest, but a complete game shutout... beyond expectation at this point. Torre didn't leave Moose in by accident.
How important is tomorrow's game?
1) Win a series
2) Stay out of basement
3) Win 2 in a row (have we done this since the first 2 games?)
4) Get some momentum
Tomorrow is big. Could be our turn around.
'66 Yanks had Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, Elston Howard, Tom Tresh, Richardson, Boyer, Pepitone, Roy White and Mel Stottlemyre.
To be sitting in a boat in calm weather is not an image of faith. But when the boat has sprung a leak, to keep it afloat by enthusiastically manning the pumps, yet with no thought of returning to port -- that is an image of faith
While the understanding, like a desperate passenger, stretches out its arms to terra firma but in vain, faith works with all its might in the deep waters: joyfully and triumphantly, it saves the soul
Verily I say unto you, the Yankee faithful, a moose shall show you the way.
And Jason Schmidt threw 130-something pitches a few weeks ago and ended up having his next start pushed back a few days.
The plural of anecdote is not data. That said, the examples are worthy (if nothing else I can blame Mel for another collapse!) but I'd suggest that the bulk of the examples that make up the metric are of lesser quality. Hence the daunting statistic.
Hey, I'm a glass full kinda guy. At least until June.
At least Moose will get an extra day off due to the travel day on Thursday. Hopefully that will help a bit.
You think whoever is in charge of the audio/visual stuff at the stadium is a bit superstitious? They now play Frank after a loss and Liza after a win, Cotton-Eye Joe was moved to the 8th inning, and they play a recording of Ronan for GBA instead of Kate Smith.
Put Sheff and ARod in that park, and their HRs and averages would be way down.
The number of 400' fly outs by Howard is nowhere near what you imply. He averaged 22 2Bs and 5 3Bs a 162 game year. If he were hitting a lot of long fly balls to death valley, at least the 2Bs would be a lot higher. He struck out a lot and hit quite a few grounders. He averaged only 17 HRs and he played only half of the time in Yankee stadium. If he were hitting that many long fly balls to left-center, he'd have enough road HRs to average over 20.
The 66 Yankees had no stars in their prime. The 2005 Yankees have several and a lot of older guys that can still play.
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