Baseball Toaster was unplugged on February 4, 2009.
Kazmir v. Pavano this afternoon at the stadium. Watch both teams combine for five runs.
Each time I thought they were in position to come back, the Yanks had their threats ended, though they were still chipping away. Against a team as bad as TB I had a slight feeling they could tie it up. But to go from 8 down, to 4 down, to 9 up was unbelievable.
Add to that a day game today that will help my afternoon go faster, and everything's coming up roses (the Big Unit notwitstanding)...
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The Rays have scored an average of 4.35 runs in their other 63 games this season.
Anyone watching this on TV who can shed some light?
Meanwhile, Aubrey Huff is out of the game, with Reggie Taylor pushing Hollins over to right. But Huff wasn't on the field during the last half inning. Anyone know what's up?
Meanwhile, does anyone think Johnson was plunked on purpose?
Also, I have to say, I don't mind that bunt by Flaherty.
. . . and as I type that, Cano pulls the ball to second (as he is want to do), scoring Sierra with the go-ahead run and putting Johnson on third for Jeter. Yup. Don't mind that bunt at all.
No matter, the Yanks have a 3-0 lead after five, though the rally only cost Kazmir ten pitches.
(the answer is likely Gordon, but debate it anyway)
Meanwhile, the Yanks have Flaherty, Cano and Jeter up. Think Joe will be smart enough to hit Posada for Flash?
Also, how huge is the failure to score in the seventh now? Here's hoping Matsui gets redemption.
Honestly, I know it has been said many many times, but the pitching staff's problems really have to fall onto Mel's shoulders. I know that probably isn't the only issue, but he sure isn't helping. RJ gets advice on arm angle from Flaherty, Pavano can't keep consistant mechanics and is turning into yet another Yankee unable to pitch consistantly under Mel's watch. I like the guy as a person, but something has to give here.
Meanwhile, Sturtze is the man in the eighth (following Joe's eighth inning formula of winning=Gordon, losing close=Sturtze, regardless of workloads).
Dan M, it is indeed pitch black in Greenwich Village. Methinks my softball game is in danger.
Not that this is a surprise to anyone, but man, you've got to be discouraged with Pavano's performance today. He really let the team down.
Johnson, Flaherty, Cano due up. Here's hoping Giambi and Posada will pinch hit for the first two.
Jeter up, two outs, lets see if he takes a pitch.
So, once again, after winning a whole bunch in a row, we turn around and crap up the joint. This is not fun to watch, it is frustrating and likely to induce violence. I would almost rather they just lose 15 ina row, fall out of contention, and get it through their thick skulls that a trade for Roger isn't going to fix anything. At least that way they can just cut Brown, Womack, and Giambi, take the hit, and call up some young players to get experience. They would suck even more, but they would be far more entertaining. Right now they are inconsistant, no fun to watch when they lose, and not very likable. But yet, they will be just streaky enough to ensure that they make some stupid trade...
Enough of this schizophrenic play. Either play like winners, or just suck.
Roger Clemens' OPS against: .537
Tony Womack's OPS: .548
In other words, Womack's performance is basically what you would get from an average major league hitter....if they faced Roger Clemens every single at-bat.
Roger Clemens' OPS: .569
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