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2006-06-19 12:02
by Cliff Corcoran
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Despite all of the upheaval on their roster, the Yankees have been alarmingly consistent thus far this year, avoiding slumps, but also failing to go off on any dazzling winning streaks. The Yankees have lost more than two games in a row just twice this year (a fact they hope will remain true after tonight), with both losing streaks having maxed out at four games. On the flip side, they've won more than three in a row just three times, with two five-game winning streaks, one four-gamer and just one other of as many as three in a row.

The Phillies' season has followed a very different course. They started the season losing six of seven, then from the end of April to mid-May won 13 of 14, beginning that run with a nine-game winning streak. That was immediately followed by a five-game losing streak and coming into Sunday's game against the Devil Rays, the Phillies had lost eight of nine. That last spell included a six-game losing streak that was snapped with an 8-5 win yesterday.

The Phillies' big problem is starting pitching. Randy Wolf hasn't thrown a pitch all year, Jon Lieber is currently on the DL, lefty phenom Cole Hamels has also spent time on the DL, while the current version of the rotation includes reliever Ryan Madson and rookie Scott Mathieson, who was in the Florida State league last year. The only Phillie starters to take all of their turns thus far this year have been Brett Myers and Cory Lidle. The result is a rotation that has been the second worst in baseball, just barely allowing fewer runs per start than that of the neighboring Baltimore Orioles.

Good thing then that the Philadelphia bullpen has been so strong. The Phillies' 3.25 Bullpen ERA has been the best in baseball thus far this year, with ex-Yankee Tom Gordon leading the way with 18 saves, a 1.61 ERA and 17 hits, 8 walks and 37 strikeouts in 28 innings. Behind Gordon the Phillies have a strong pair of veteran LOOGies in Rheal Cormier and old Yankee whipping boy Arthur Rhodes. The problem is that this pen is built to win now (Rhodes is 36, Gordon is 38 and Cormier is 39), but the Phillies have a losing record and are 9.5 games behind the NL-best Mets. Good thing there's not much competition for the NL Wild Card (the Phils trail the unlikely Reds by three).

Curiously, given the extreme divergence in performance between their starters and relievers, the Phillies are a terrible defensive team (third worst defensive efficiency in the majors) playing in an extreme hitters park. The primary offenders on defense are Utley and Howard on the right side of the infield (Bell and Rollins have been excellent on the left) and, to a lesser degree Burrell and, believe it or not, Aaron Rowand in the outfield. I'm not sure what's going on with Rowand, save for having seen about eleventy zillion replays of that catch against the Mets during which he broke his face on the chain link fence in center, but it is interesting to note that Rowand's Rate stats haven't been as strong as one would expect over the past three seasons, with the former World Champion rating as simply average in both 2003 and 2004.

Today the Phils send their best starter, Brett Myers, against Randy Johnson, who rebounded from a tremendously discouraging start against the A's to enjoy one of his best starts of the year last time out only to get tossed for throwing at old nemesis Eduardo Perez with one out in the seventh inning. Myers, meanwhile, had turned in ten-straight quality starts before getting mugged in his last two starts by the Mets and Nationals, resulting in a combined line of 5 2/3 IP, 16 H, 12 R (11 ER), 1 HR, 2 BB, 5 K.

The Phils typically have four fantastic hitters in a row in their line-up in Utley, Abreu, Burrell and Howard. Fortunately for Johnson and the Yankees, three of them are lefties. The right-handed Burrell, however, will bear some watching tonight.

Philadelphia Phillies

2006 Record: 34-35 (.493)
2006 Pythagorean Record: 33-36 (.484)

Manager: Charlie Manuel
General Manager: Pat Gillick

Home Ballpark (2005 Park Factors): Citizen's Bank Park (108/107)

Who's Replaced Whom?

  • Aaron Rowand replaces Kenny Lofton
  • David Dellucci replaces Jason Michaels
  • Ryan Howard takes over Jim Thome's playing time
  • Shane Victorino inherits Endy Chavez's playing time
  • Abraham O. Nunez replaces Placido Polanco
  • Chris Roberson replaces Tomas Perez
  • Chris Coste is holding Mike Lieberthal's (DL) place on the roster as Sal Fasano, who replaced Todd Pratt, takes Lieberthal's spot in the lineup
  • Cole Hamels replaces Vincente Padilla
  • Ryan Madson is holding Randy Wolf's (DL) place in the rotation while Clay Condrey replaces Madson in the bullpen
  • Scott Mathieson replaces Jon Lieber (DL)
  • Tom Gordon replaces Billy Wagner
  • Arthur Rhodes replaces Ugueth Urbina

Current Roster:

1B – Ryan Howard (L)
2B – Chase Utley (L)
SS – Jimmy Rollins (S)
3B – David Bell (R)
C – Sal Fasano (R)
RF – Bobby Abreu (L)
CF – Aaron Rowand (R)
LF – Pat Burrell (R)

Bench:

L – David Dellucci (OF)
S – Shane Victorino (OF)
S – Abraham O. Nunez (IF)
R – Chris Roberson (OF)
R – Chris Coste (C)

Rotation:

R – Brett Myers
R – Corey Lidle
L – Cole Hamels
R – Scott Mathieson
R – Ryan Madson

Bullpen:

R – Tom Gordon
R – Ryan Franklin
L – Arthur Rhodes
L – Aaron Fultz
L – Rheal Cormier
R – Clay Condrey

15-day DL: R – Mike Lieberthal (C), L – Randy Wolf, R – Jon Lieber, R – Julio Santana

Typical Lineup:

S – Jimmy Rollins (SS)
L – Chase Utley (2B)
L – Bobby Abreu (RF)
R – Pat Burrell (LF)
L – Ryan Howard (1B)
R – Aaron Roward (CF)
R – David Bell (3B)
R – Sal Fasano (C)

Comments (205)
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2006-06-19 14:14:08
1.   randym77
Think the game will be played? The weather report looks nasty.
2006-06-19 14:18:36
2.   god
I've got it taken care of. The thunderstorms will pass Philly by 7pm. There will be a delay of about 20 mins.
2006-06-19 14:20:32
3.   kylepetterson
I love the fact that, in Bruce Almighty, God wears a Yankee's hat.
2006-06-19 14:39:25
4.   Bama Yankee
We've seen posts today from god and jeterchrist, who's next: the holy ghost of bernie?
2006-06-19 14:46:20
5.   randym77
Yeah! Bubba's in the lineup, Bernie's resting his old bones. I was hoping they'd go with the good glove with Johnson on the mound in a candy box.

Johnny Damon CF
Melky Cabrera LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jason Giambi 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Bubba Crosby RF
Randy Johnson P

2006-06-19 14:54:32
6.   C2Coke
After an embarrasing loss and then a heartbreaking one, it's only a matter of time the Yanks are gonna blow it out there! Isn't that also the kinda consistency they've had all year?
2006-06-19 15:30:09
7.   rbj
I like the lineup. Speed up top.
2006-06-19 15:31:47
8.   Cliff Corcoran
Peter Abraham reports that Scott Erickson was released. He shall haunt us no more! Oh, glorious day!
2006-06-19 15:36:39
9.   randym77
Michael Kay thinks the Yanks should never have DFA'd Small. He says Small is a better starter than Wright.
2006-06-19 15:49:01
10.   atc
Michael Kay also thinks Miguel Cairo is a better hitter than Andy Phillips.
2006-06-19 15:51:27
11.   atc
And that Bernie is playing a "nice right field."
2006-06-19 15:55:19
12.   Schteeve
Actually, Kay is correct. When I ran track and field, Jaret Wright was always really quick on the gun, and Aaron Small was consistent and always gave us time to get set. He's a much better starter than Wright.
2006-06-19 16:03:38
13.   god
Check out the Philly lineup and see why Charlie "Needs a" Manuel.

No Abreu and no Howard.

My finest lefty creation of the last twenty years will pitch a CG.

2006-06-19 16:05:46
14.   rbj
Phew, EI has the YES feed.
2006-06-19 16:08:04
15.   randym77
Why no Abreu? I was kind of expecting him to be in. If only to audition...
2006-06-19 16:15:27
16.   randym77
Yeah, Giambi!
2006-06-19 16:19:08
17.   rbj
Grumble grumble first pitch swinging grumble
2006-06-19 16:20:52
18.   randym77
Well, it did look like a good pitch. But jeez, he was handing out walks. A little patience wouldn't have hurt.
2006-06-19 16:27:41
19.   rbj
Second good first inning for Unit
2006-06-19 16:28:30
20.   Schteeve
Apropos of nothing, I'd love to see Jeter win the batting title this year.
2006-06-19 16:29:56
21.   randym77
Speedgun says Unit's fastball is 97 tonight.
2006-06-19 16:32:14
22.   singledd
I may be wrong, but Melky's swing appears longer and more on an uppercut. This is not good. Fly balls from Melky will not help us.

Has anyone else noticed this? More pop-ups? More harmless flys? of late.

2006-06-19 16:32:15
23.   Schteeve
Bubba Crosby has a freakin .341 OBP? Not toooooo shabby.
2006-06-19 16:35:46
24.   randym77
Bubba's hitting pretty well this year:

.275 .341 .375 .716

Better than Melky, actually, except Melky walks more.

He's gotten a lot of playing time this year (well, until he got DLed), and he always hits pretty well when he plays regularly.

2006-06-19 16:39:05
25.   Schteeve
I was just about to type that I have a bad feeling about Aaron Rowand in this game. Then Randy got him 0-2 and I figured i was being a jerk....
2006-06-19 16:40:20
26.   rbj
gawd was he slow running.
2006-06-19 16:42:11
27.   Mattpat11
Rowand spiked Cano? Sleazy little bastard. Johnson should hit him.
2006-06-19 16:43:41
28.   Rosbif22
he'd probably be suspended for the rest of the year
2006-06-19 16:45:45
29.   Schteeve
Since Yankee pitcher's aren't allowed to retaliate Posada's going to have to resort to "pantsing" them.
2006-06-19 16:46:50
30.   jayd
'member that catcher brian schneider, washington nats? 1 for 19 before the yanks came to town, 2 for 4 in one of the games over the weekend. He just drove in the second washington run against the sox. Now that's what I call strategy... Bad news is that the KC reject pitcher is doing all right...
2006-06-19 16:47:26
31.   randym77
And the Pesky Nats are leading Boston 2-1, but Armas is in a huge jam.
2006-06-19 16:47:43
32.   Schteeve
Johnny Damon has as many homeruns this year as he did the entire year last year. Would never have expected that.
2006-06-19 16:49:18
33.   jayd
20 jeter and cano battle each other in the closing days of the season...
2006-06-19 16:52:48
34.   randym77
Man, this guy has a nasty breaking ball. Damon, Bubba, Melky, Jeter...it's getting 'em all.
2006-06-19 16:52:52
35.   Mattpat11
we're being no hit
2006-06-19 16:55:54
36.   rbj
That's an interesting catch.
2006-06-19 16:56:34
37.   rbj
35 Giambi has a hit. We're still being shut out, though.
2006-06-19 16:57:51
38.   Schteeve
So are they. And the glass is half full.
2006-06-19 16:59:04
39.   marc
I find these ESPN guys irritating. I would listen to Sterling if there was wasn't a big delay with MLB.com audio
2006-06-19 16:59:22
40.   Mattpat11
37 ah, never mind then .
2006-06-19 16:59:26
41.   jayd
jose guillen goes coke bottle nats 3 rsox 2
2006-06-19 17:00:24
42.   jayd
giambino!
2006-06-19 17:00:26
43.   randym77
Giambino!! What a hit!
2006-06-19 17:01:00
44.   Schteeve
Gee-Bomb-Bee!!
2006-06-19 17:01:04
45.   Mattpat11
And that handles the shutout.

29 Please tell me you're just making that up and there's no basis for that comment. lol.

2006-06-19 17:01:44
46.   Schteeve
A-Rod!
A-Rod!
2006-06-19 17:02:21
47.   Schteeve
45 No basis in truth at all. ;)
2006-06-19 17:02:58
48.   marc
6 game hit stread for A-Rod with that hit? I must have been not following closely. that was a quick end to the slump
2006-06-19 17:03:14
49.   randym77
C'mon, Jorgie. Bring him home!
2006-06-19 17:05:09
50.   jayd
ok robbie wait for the fastball
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2006-06-19 17:07:43
51.   Schteeve
would it have made sense to have A-Rod try to swipe third? Cano is more likely to hit a GB than a FB. Bubba is a .700 OPS guy, and then it's Randy, I think the DP is looking pretty likely here.
2006-06-19 17:12:10
52.   jayd
last time I saw cano it looked like every pitch was coming to him -- now he's going after every thing. I sense a slump coming on. arod looks like before the flu.
2006-06-19 17:13:27
53.   Mattpat11
Bubba Crosby at bats are so discouraging.
2006-06-19 17:14:54
54.   randym77
53 Cheer up. At least you're not that umpire.
2006-06-19 17:15:44
55.   rbj
Nats lead Sox 3-2 thru 3 1/2
2006-06-19 17:16:46
56.   singledd
If we don't lay off those curveballs in the dirt, it will be an unhappy ending for us. They are slow enough to pick up.
2006-06-19 17:17:05
57.   marc
I'm glad I'm a fan of an AL team. watching pitchers strike out is about as interesting as white noise
2006-06-19 17:18:38
58.   jayd
57 here here or is it hear hear
2006-06-19 17:18:46
59.   rbj
Man, I thought it was bad being the local market for three teams, but this guy here is local market for six teams. And he lives in Iowa:
http://tinyurl.com/hwovp
2006-06-19 17:21:22
60.   yankee23
Is Randy throwing heat or is he truly pitching tonight? All I've got is gameday :(
2006-06-19 17:23:08
61.   Mattpat11
the wheels are coming off.
2006-06-19 17:24:08
62.   Mattpat11
I missed the play. Was the E4 Cano's typical lazy as shit play?
2006-06-19 17:25:08
63.   rbj
Not lazy, hurried when he didn't need to hurry.
2006-06-19 17:25:26
64.   jayd
Time to answer that question (you can google anything these days):

Hear hear
Meaning

A shout of support or agreement.

Origin

Originated in the British parliament in the 18th century as a contraction of 'hear him, hear him'. It is still often heard there although sometimes used ironically these days.

2006-06-19 17:27:12
65.   jayd
63 he needed to hurry, no matter what kay said.
2006-06-19 17:28:39
66.   randym77
But somehow, the throw still looked lazy.

He's gonna kill Giambi if he keeps making throws like that.

2006-06-19 17:29:01
67.   singledd
Is anyone bold enough to know how many runs we have scored in the last 8 games?
2006-06-19 17:31:03
68.   rbj
67 Last 5 is 28
2006-06-19 17:31:43
69.   yankee23
67 I'd guess 35ish
2006-06-19 17:31:59
70.   rbj
36 runs in last 8 games.
2006-06-19 17:32:57
71.   yankee23
Closest without going over, heh.
2006-06-19 17:33:34
72.   Schteeve
34 by my count including tonight.
2006-06-19 17:35:48
73.   Schteeve
You know, even with Sheff and Matsui out, it's hard to feel sorry for a lineup with Posada, Giambi, A-Rod, and Jeter.
2006-06-19 17:37:32
74.   rbj
Sweet, Giambi. Now all he needs is the double and triple for the cycle.
2006-06-19 17:37:38
75.   jayd
giambi is on a tear. with arod on a tear I sense a win streak coming on
2006-06-19 17:39:34
76.   jayd
66 actually I think cano tends to sling the ball instead of throwing it
2006-06-19 17:40:06
77.   Schteeve
what the?? Gamecast said the count was 2-0 on A-Rod and then he struck out?
2006-06-19 17:46:03
78.   rbj
Geez, Sutcliffe's entire starting lineup for the AL All-star game is Yanks & Sox, with the exception of Vlad.

And sorry, Ortiz is a dh, not a first baseman.

2006-06-19 17:47:20
79.   singledd
4.5 runs/game ain't gonna cut it.
I say we have a pool on when the trade for an offensive player happens, and who it is.
Brian 'Bubby will be our CF'er' Cashman is playing it cool.

"it's hard to feel sorry for a lineup with Posada, Giambi, A-Rod, and Jeter"

Yes, our O is very good, but with our pitching, to win the whole show, our O needs to be GREAT. In our glory of seeing the 'kids' play, did we think we could loose ShefMatsui and not be impacted?

Yesterday we lost 3-2, and we questioned the pitching? We need to win 90% of games where we only have 3 runs scored against us.

2006-06-19 17:48:49
80.   singledd
And did you see Melky's uppercut in his last AB? He will be batting .220 soon if he doesn't go back to 'slashing'.
2006-06-19 17:49:55
81.   Schteeve
singledd, that ain't gonna happen. Last year and the year before it, the Yankees lost ~60% of games in which they scored less than 5 runs or less. Getting Torii Hunter or whatever isn't going to cut it.
2006-06-19 17:51:32
82.   randym77
80 Hopefully Mattingly will take care of that.
2006-06-19 17:51:51
83.   jayd
nice at bat for cano
2006-06-19 17:51:58
84.   Schteeve
if bubba gets on, we're screwed, because i can't see torre pinch hitting for RJ this early.
2006-06-19 17:53:33
85.   randym77
Dang. Randy almost did it.
2006-06-19 17:53:40
86.   rbj
Call the cops, Randy was robbed.
2006-06-19 17:53:46
87.   Schteeve
whoever made the comment before about being glad they root for an AL team was so right. watching pitchers "hit" is like getting a root canal.
2006-06-19 17:53:50
88.   Alex Belth
Yanks 0-6 with runners in scoring position through six. RJ robbed of a hit. C'mon already. I'm starting to hate the National League.
2006-06-19 17:56:14
89.   Schteeve
singledd, I misread your post in 79 and responded to it incorrectly in 81 my bad.
2006-06-19 17:56:15
90.   marc
This is beginning to smell like another excellent pitching performance gone for naught. Maybe someone can beat the crap out of naught before this game ends
2006-06-19 17:56:26
91.   Alex Belth
Hopefully, RJ wont' be too distracted by having a base hit and an RBI swiped from him.
2006-06-19 17:57:03
92.   Alex Belth
Marc, or maybe the Yanks will beat up Flash Gordon to pull out the win.
2006-06-19 17:58:42
93.   singledd
"Last year and the year before it, the Yankees lost ~60% of games in which they scored less than 5 runs or less"

I agree. But this year our pitching is better then last, especially if Dotel helps us. But how many 1 run and 2 run games have we lost? How many games where we game up 5 runs or less have we lost?

We cant replace ShefSui with BubbaMilk. We need to win more of the type games mentioned above.

2006-06-19 17:58:47
94.   rbj
The Phils do have Arthur Rhodes on their staff. Please bring in Arthur.
2006-06-19 17:59:40
95.   Alex Belth
What a strange hop that ball took.
2006-06-19 18:00:03
96.   Cliff Corcoran
walk Burrell
2006-06-19 18:00:53
97.   Alex Belth
Burrell strikes me as horsesh*, but I guess he's better than I think. Pretty good production for a hacker. (Just ake the Mets, right?)
2006-06-19 18:01:36
98.   Alex Belth
Looks like that is what RJ is doing, Cliff.
2006-06-19 18:02:16
99.   Alex Belth
Whoa. Cross up on the 2-0 pitch. A real meeting onf the minds with these two. See how Jeter has to come in for this one...maybe just to moderate.
2006-06-19 18:02:42
100.   Schteeve
Cliff, i bet a million bucks Joe see's the 2 for 13 career line against Burrell and will not have RJ walk him.
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2006-06-19 18:02:44
101.   Alex Belth
Nice slider, 2-2.
2006-06-19 18:03:42
102.   Alex Belth
Fouls off two pitches, still 2-2.
2006-06-19 18:04:08
103.   Alex Belth
Fastball, high, full count.
2006-06-19 18:04:57
104.   Alex Belth
Another foul. Giambi looks ginger tracking fly balls towards the seats, eh...
2006-06-19 18:05:33
105.   Alex Belth
Right. Like you said Cliff. Walk him...on nine pitches.
2006-06-19 18:05:37
106.   Schteeve
Alex, what is it about Burrell that you find to be horseapples?
2006-06-19 18:05:44
107.   Cliff Corcoran
doing it intentionally woulda saved five pitches and a lot of time and effort.
2006-06-19 18:07:16
108.   Schteeve
and for the love of god don't walk Rowand.
2006-06-19 18:07:18
109.   Alex Belth
Geee-jesus, Randy.
2006-06-19 18:07:23
110.   Cliff Corcoran
oops
2006-06-19 18:07:25
111.   rbj
Crap.
2006-06-19 18:09:15
112.   Schteeve
Rowand reminds me of Trot Nixon and Trot Nixon reminds me of throwing up in my mouth. God-ammm it.
2006-06-19 18:10:23
113.   Alex Belth
Schteeve,
It's just a casual view from an outsider. I don't know much more than what I've seen him do against the Mets. The guy just has that long swing and ESPN-made-follow-through. I don't know if he's a decent outfielder or not, but he just strikes me as a guy who has the sexy profile but a lot of holes in his game. Again, each year he goes out there and is better than I probably give him credit for. Then again, he's never broken out and become a great player consistently either.
2006-06-19 18:11:17
114.   Alex Belth
Giving up a hit right there to an even worse hacker like Rowand hurts, RJ, it hurts.
2006-06-19 18:12:05
115.   Schteeve
Alex, I don't know that much about him either, but looking at his numbers, with the exception fo 2 years ago, I wouldn't mind having him on the team.
2006-06-19 18:12:26
116.   Alex Belth
Way to go Johnny. An infield single. Let's go guys, this is it. Melky, you are not allowed to swing at the first pitch here.
2006-06-19 18:12:27
117.   Schteeve
Yay! Johnny Infield Single!!
2006-06-19 18:12:43
118.   rbj
Nice hustle Johnny.
2006-06-19 18:14:43
119.   Alex Belth
Terrible by Melky. Swings at ball four in the dirt.
2006-06-19 18:14:45
120.   rbj
The Phillies catcher looks like Frank Zappa.
2006-06-19 18:15:10
121.   Schteeve
I really like Damon on this team. Maybe he's overpaid, and maybe it's a bad deal in the long run, but I can see why the Boston fans liked having him around.
2006-06-19 18:15:15
122.   Alex Belth
Yanks got away with one there. Damon should have been out as well.
2006-06-19 18:15:38
123.   Alex Belth
Nice patience, DJ. Way to make him work.
2006-06-19 18:16:28
124.   Alex Belth
rbj, Sal Fassano looks like he ATE Frank Zappa...and the Moether's of Invention.
2006-06-19 18:16:50
125.   Schteeve
Is there any scenario in which Giambi doesn't walk here?
2006-06-19 18:17:01
126.   rbj
Need a hit here Jason.
2006-06-19 18:17:30
127.   rbj
124 LOL Alex
2006-06-19 18:18:24
128.   Alex Belth
Nice night for Giambi.

COME ON A ROD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2006-06-19 18:19:58
129.   Schteeve
GameCast is wonky, what's going on?
2006-06-19 18:20:59
130.   Alex Belth
3-2...does anyone think he won't whiff?
2006-06-19 18:21:02
131.   rsmith51
full count to ARod, 1st and 3rd.
2006-06-19 18:21:34
132.   Alex Belth
I mean walk...lol. Ah, me of little faith.
2006-06-19 18:21:36
133.   randym77
And A-Rod walks....
2006-06-19 18:21:47
134.   rsmith51
130 I am a little shocked that he walked, Alex...
2006-06-19 18:23:17
135.   rbj
Gotta admit, I was half expecting A-rod to whiff too.
2006-06-19 18:25:31
136.   Cliff Corcoran
Cormier need more neclaces.
2006-06-19 18:25:58
137.   Cliff Corcoran
Run scores, but a huge play by Rollins.
2006-06-19 18:26:03
138.   randym77
All right, Jorgie!
2006-06-19 18:26:10
139.   Alex Belth
Great diving play.
2006-06-19 18:27:03
140.   Alex Belth
Hey guys, I don't know if Giambi would have scored had that ball gone through. After seeing the replays, what do you think?
2006-06-19 18:28:04
141.   rsmith51
140 I think they would have sent him. The outfielder didn't seem too close.
2006-06-19 18:28:30
142.   rbj
I don't think so. 140
2006-06-19 18:28:35
143.   rsmith51
What kind of a 2-1 swing was that?
2006-06-19 18:28:58
144.   Alex Belth
Terrible job by Robbie. Pulled the old Groundzilla there.

Curses.

2006-06-19 18:29:21
145.   Schteeve
who pitches the 7th?
2006-06-19 18:29:48
146.   Schteeve
And whoever pitches, their name better not rhyme with Sandy Monson.
2006-06-19 18:29:56
147.   singledd
I believe than was Ball 3 to Cano?
2006-06-19 18:30:26
148.   Benjamin Kabak
144 Robbie didn't see a strike in that at bat...yet he swung at two pitches. He's gotta calm down with the bases loaded.
2006-06-19 18:31:25
149.   rbj
146 Good thing Big Unit doesn't rhyme with Sandy Monson.
2006-06-19 18:31:27
150.   rsmith51
148 I think he was a little impatient after not swinging at any pitches last ab.
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2006-06-19 18:31:27
151.   Alex Belth
Pretty cool to think that Junior Griffey has quietly passed (or was it tied?) Mike Schmidt on the all-time home run list.
2006-06-19 18:32:16
152.   Alex Belth
At least the heart of the order will see another at bat for the Yanks.
2006-06-19 18:32:18
153.   rbj
Unit's batting next inning, double switch with Bubba?
2006-06-19 18:32:35
154.   singledd
5 Hits, 8 LOB, including bases loaded twice.
Sox up 4-3.
2006-06-19 18:33:32
155.   Alex Belth
Two up, two down in the bottom of the seventh.
2006-06-19 18:34:04
156.   rbj
Carolina up 2 - 0 in the second period.
2006-06-19 18:34:16
157.   singledd
The more I see MANY players swing at BALLS, the more I love Giambi. The guy is amazing, and has been carrying us for a while.
2006-06-19 18:34:18
158.   randym77
I think maybe Robbie needs a day off. I know it's tough, given the carnage in the lineup, but even young players get tired playing every day.
2006-06-19 18:34:44
159.   murphy
who's this monson guy we traded for? did we have to give up hughes to get him? why does schteeve hate him so much already? ; )
2006-06-19 18:35:10
160.   Cliff Corcoran
Arthur Rhodes is warming! Yay!
2006-06-19 18:37:36
161.   Schteeve
I couldn't be happier about Rhodes, if his name was Ricky Rincon!
2006-06-19 18:38:38
162.   Alex Belth
Ah, memories of David Justice.
2006-06-19 18:39:10
163.   rbj
Oh sweet. Rhodes.
muther-bleeping first pitch swinging. grrrr.
2006-06-19 18:39:28
164.   Alex Belth
The first pitch Bernie?
2006-06-19 18:41:23
165.   rsmith51
I hate it when they hit weak ground balls on the first pitch. If they hit it hard, it makes me feel much better.
2006-06-19 18:45:45
166.   singledd
Bad, bad baseball by Bernie. The last thing you want is an easy inning for the reliever.

Geez... baseball used to have rules.

2006-06-19 18:48:06
167.   unpopster
I don't care what the "experts" say, this team doesn't need another pitcher. They NEED another bat. You can't just replace 70 homers and 230+ RBIs with Melky Cabrera and Bubba Crosby!!

Randy has now put together 2 straight nice starts and Dotel will be here within the next 2 weeks. But if Giambi, Arod or Posada go into extended slumps, this team is toast...

2006-06-19 18:50:33
168.   rbj
166
Yeah. At least I'd completely miss the ball and make the pitcher throw three pitches.
2006-06-19 18:53:06
169.   singledd
167 Hear Hear!
My count is 15-7, when we have given up 4 runs or less. Thats not bad, but thats maybe 2-3 (out of the 7) games where 1 hit or 1 HR makes a loss a win. Over the year that 6 or so games.

Can we afford to give 6 games away?

2006-06-19 18:53:16
170.   randym77
167 I dunno...seems like we had this problem last year, too, even with all big bats present and accounted for. We'd win some games in huge blowouts, and lose the close low-scoring games. Good pitching beats good hitting.
2006-06-19 18:55:14
171.   singledd
170 This is true. by Good Pitching is very hard to get now, especially in our situation (not much to trade and wanting to hold onto all our good prospects).
2006-06-19 18:57:32
172.   Yu-Hsing Chen
grrrrr... you better not suck Farnsy after being partially responsible for losing the last two...
2006-06-19 18:59:34
173.   rbj
Nice stop Alex!
2006-06-19 18:59:49
174.   Alex Belth
Nice diving stop, Alex!
2006-06-19 19:00:57
175.   rsmith51
So how often does a guy who makes a nice run-saving play come back the next inning and do something with the bat?
2006-06-19 19:01:40
176.   rbj
To my eye, Farnsie isn't missing by much.
2006-06-19 19:02:19
177.   Alex Belth
C'mon MEAT. One more out, you dumb ass.
2006-06-19 19:02:46
178.   rsmith51
I think I would rather have Abreu vs. Myers, but that's just me.
2006-06-19 19:03:19
179.   rsmith51
177 I thought that was Pavano's nickname.
2006-06-19 19:05:39
180.   unmoderated
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2006-06-19 19:08:27
181.   kdw
179 Dumb ass? :)
2006-06-19 19:08:44
182.   rbj
@#$@#$!!!!

But I thought that you couldn't advance if first was occupied?

2006-06-19 19:09:33
183.   Alex Belth
Melky. 1-his last 18. Take a seat Junior. Flash gets him with the curve.
2006-06-19 19:09:39
184.   Cliff Corcoran
182 First wasn't occupied, everyone advanced.
2006-06-19 19:13:24
185.   rbj
184 Thanks Cliff, but I'd swear I've seen times when there was just a runner on first and on a PB/WP third strike the guy was out.

Damn.

2006-06-19 19:13:37
186.   Simone
The Yankees are reeling against teams that they should be beating hands down. Yuck! This really isn't good, but every team goes through a few rough patches.
2006-06-19 19:14:51
187.   rbj
Second consecutive quality start against a mediocre team, and it winds up being a loss.
2006-06-19 19:15:10
188.   kdw
Sadly, Red Sox do not seem to be having that problem tonight.
2006-06-19 19:17:50
189.   Paul in Boston
Tough season it's turning out to be ... now only 8 games over .500.
2006-06-19 19:20:34
190.   Cliff Corcoran
Gotta love these close, well-pitched games, though. And you have to be pleased that Johnson has turned in two strong outings in a row now.
2006-06-19 19:21:10
191.   Alex Belth
Grumble, grumble, grumble.
2006-06-19 19:22:27
192.   rsmith51
185 I think the rule is if first base is occupied and there are less than 2 outs. With 2 outs, the situation doesn't matter.
2006-06-19 19:23:13
193.   Max
Posada's had a rough time behind the plate during this tailspin of ours. Though that was a wild pitch for Farnsworth, I agree with the announcers that Jorgie should have been able to block the ball. Five errors/misplays for Posada in the last ten games...ugh, not good.
2006-06-19 19:23:33
194.   marc
We're playing OK and getting solid pitching. It's just not working out and forget about the wild card this year.
2006-06-19 19:40:47
195.   Sliced Bread
I hope I fall asleep as quickly as these narcoleptic Yankees did tonight.

Rhodes scholars them.

Cano, bless his heart, wants to hit every pitch he sees.

As nervous as Flush Gordon made me over the years I don't recall him ever braining a batter like Farnswacker did there. Veras help us, I'da hooked the big gallut right there.

Lock up the kids! A little bad luck here, an offensive drought there, a rise in the temperature, a drop in the standings, and George goes looking for a bat. His kingdom for an RBI man.

2006-06-19 19:43:34
196.   randym77
I expect we will trade for OFer as the deadline gets closer. But someone like Craig Wilson, not someone like Abreu or Soriano.
2006-06-19 20:15:10
197.   yankz
Where did the offense go after that 9 run game vs. Washington?
2006-06-19 23:50:27
198.   Yu-Hsing Chen
This loss was really a bit of tough luck, if it weren't for the string of bad lucks we had recently this one would have been acceptable loss... but arragh.

We got on base we had big hits, but they didn't come at the same time :/ arrragh.

2006-06-20 01:23:33
199.   Yu-Hsing Chen
As for the Phillies, defense hasn't exactly been their problems, yes Rollins and Bell have good defense while Utely and Howard doesn't, but Utely and Howard also happen to be the best hitting young 1st and 2nd basemen while David Bell is still what he is and Jimmy Rollin must have used up all his hits in that streak.

Bell hitting like junk isn't exactly as much as a problem as Rollin though, at least Bell is in the back of the lineup, where his number is still decent, Rollin is leading off, and his OBP is simply abysmal, in short, only the existance of Juan Pierre make him not look so utterly bad.

They got a talented pitching staff, but injury has really hampered them, Lieber isn't exactly great but he provides a decent veteran presense, Brett Myer is quickly becomming a legitimate ace while Cole Hamels may also be a very good starter, Cory Lidle is a decent enough pitcher also, as with Randy Wolf and using Ryan Madson as a spot starter.

The problem is of those people only Myers and Lidle have been healthy, that and Madson, but Madson's starting numbers have been putrid so far while Cory Lidle have been consistently mediocare if they put their pitching staff together and/or (preferablly and) drop Jimmy Rollin to the bottom of the order they should be just fine.

2006-06-20 03:05:25
200.   randym77
Kevin Reese has been called up. I assume that means Veras is going back down, without ever throwing a pitch.
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2006-06-20 04:28:24
201.   singledd
Torre said Melky might need some rest as his swing is 'getting a little long'.
I have posted this and am concerned. As his confidence has grown, so has his swing, and he is getting away from hitting line drives/ground balls and hitting flys and pop-ups. I really like Melky, but he might be too young to be in this NY pressure cooker/fight for the pennant.

Look at the difference beteen his first call-up last year and now. It MIGHT be better for him to spend a little more time on the farm. I think he knows it's just a matter of time before he gets a full shot at the bigs. At his age, just a year of two could make a big difference in his power. I don't know if we can afford to have 2 OF'ers with an .700 OPS.

Fortunately Cano's success has not altered his beatuiful swing, and he is a line drive machine. If you even saw Mattingly hit ropes the opposite way, Cano's shots look very similar.

ARod appears to be back. He is no longer lunging for the ball, but staying back. Amazing the difference between the last 4 games and the previous 10.

We need another power bat in this line-up.
Maybe Cano can hit 2nd, but because he doesn't walk much, it may not work out.
I rather put Jete's back in the 2 spot, then ARod, Giambi, New Guy, Posada, and Cano.

2006-06-20 04:30:32
202.   singledd
P.S. We are 6th out of 14 in the AL for HRs. So it's not like our team is nothing but sluggers.
2006-06-20 04:40:55
203.   randym77
Poor Melky. I think he's trying too hard to hit homeruns, and is instead flying out. If he just sprayed the ball the way he used to, he'd be all right.

Though the YES crew blamed the new scouting reports on Melky. Apparently, they say he'll chase the high balls. So they're pitching him that way, and he's biting.

He might be able to adjust, given the chance. Robby Cano did, last year. Dunno if Melky will get that chance, though.

2006-06-20 04:59:36
204.   rbj
192
Thanks rsmith51
2006-06-20 05:36:54
205.   jayd
doesn't that emotional conclusion to farnsworth's outing make you appreciate mo even more -- if that's at all possible...

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