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2006-07-01 07:59
by Alex Belth
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

It is going to be a scorcher out there today. Dude, with Steve Trachsel on the mound and McCarver and Buck on the mic, this could be a long one for everone invovled. One of the keys for the Yanks is keeping Reyes off base as they did last night. He reaches against Randy and things could get sticky. Alex Rodriguez went 0-4 last night. He just missed getting good wood on two pitches (in his second at bat, resulting in a fly ball to left, and in his final time up, resulting in a pop out in foul ground to the catcher) and heard the boo birds by the end of the night. Maybe he breaks out a can of whup ass today. In this kind of heat you've got to think this one will be a barn-burner. Like that crazy Matt Franco game years ago.

Hopefully, the Bombers can take another won and secure a series victory. Stay cool, y'hear.

Let's Go Yan-Kees.

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2006-07-01 08:18:08
1.   randym77
And the lineup....

Johnny Damon CF
Derek Jeter SS
Jason Giambi DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada C
Andy Phillips 1B
Melky Cabrera LF
Bubba Crosby RF
Miguel Cairo 2B

Randy Johnson LHP

2006-07-01 08:31:39
2.   JeremyM
I miss Cano...
2006-07-01 08:34:20
3.   randym77
2 You don't miss him as much as you will when Torre starts Nick Green. He thinks Miggy will need a day off before the All-Star break.

And in other news...the Yanks have released Erubiel Durazo. Guess they figure with Andy playing well, we don't need him?

2006-07-01 08:43:55
4.   bloodyank78
RJ throws well in hot weather. He has repeatedly stated that it makes him more comfortable on the mound.
2006-07-01 10:30:06
5.   randym77
Ugh. Not a promising start.
2006-07-01 10:41:03
6.   Zack
Let's just hope he needed a few batters to get it together...If we can't score of Traschel, we don't deserve to win anyways...oh, wait...
2006-07-01 10:42:13
7.   Max
All things considered, it could have been worse. Not a great pitch to Wright, but RJ should settle down. It's really on the offense to pick up the team.

Nice start, JD!

2006-07-01 10:46:57
8.   randym77
And nice start, Jeet!

Randy seemed really freaked over having the speedy Reyes on. Looked like he was trying to do what Villone did yesterday and pick him off. Or at least keep him from stealing.

2006-07-01 10:48:22
9.   SF Yanks
I just want to watch a Sat morning Yankee game. Is that too much to frigging ask for?!?!
2006-07-01 10:52:09
10.   Max
Complete brain fart by Giambi. Pitch in his wheelhouse and runners going right in front of him, and he lets the pitch go right by. JD out by a ton.
2006-07-01 10:52:12
11.   bobtaco
SF Yanks do you have MLB.tv? Inexplicably, the game is on even though it is on Fox!
2006-07-01 10:55:05
12.   Max
Ugh, Jorgie hits it hard but not far enough.

I'm off to enjoy the rare sunny Saturday...don't think I can deal with watching Trachsel pitch against our offense, and listening to Buck and McCarver all afternoon. Hold the fort, guys.

2006-07-01 10:56:08
13.   bobtaco
Well, not any more, now I am blacked out... damn it.
2006-07-01 10:56:48
14.   randym77
Wow. Two nice grabs by RJ.
2006-07-01 10:57:31
15.   SF Yanks
11 Yeah, I just tried it but, no dice. O well, I better start liking Gameday.
2006-07-01 11:04:57
16.   randym77
Damn. Trachsel got Melky after being down 3-0.
2006-07-01 11:06:14
17.   Zack
Well, I guess trachsel is a junkballer, and we never can hit those guys. Which, combined with our already pathetic offense of late, bodes ill for today...A enfuriating game is on the horizons...
2006-07-01 11:13:41
18.   randym77
Sensational play by Jeter and Andy. Though they credited Giambi.
2006-07-01 11:18:31
19.   Ravenscar
And to add to THAT idiocy, I guess Johnson and the umpire yelling at each other CAN'T be as important as rehashing the Zambrano and Benson situations for the umpteenth time.

These announcers really induce fury.

2006-07-01 11:22:33
20.   rbj
15 SFYank, do you get ESPN radio? I get the friggin' Chicago game on TV, but the NY game on radio.
2006-07-01 11:25:27
21.   randym77
Uh, boy. If A-Rod doesn't come through here, he's gonna hear it.
2006-07-01 11:25:29
22.   SF Yanks
No, but I'm going to look into that right now. Is it worth it?
2006-07-01 11:25:47
23.   rbj
Not gonna be greedy and want a granny from Alex.
2006-07-01 11:27:49
24.   randym77
Base hit for A-Rod! No boos this time.
2006-07-01 11:28:04
25.   rbj
Yes! Alex!

22 It should be a regular AM radio station

2006-07-01 11:29:06
26.   randym77
C'mon, Jorgie. Keep it going!
2006-07-01 11:31:00
27.   randym77
Jorgie, that wasn't what I had in mind.

But it got a run in, anyway.

Oliver's warming. The Yanks have done a good job making Trachsel work, anyway.

2006-07-01 11:32:22
28.   rbj
Oh well, tied up. It's a new game.
2006-07-01 11:32:29
29.   Ravenscar
OK, that could have been worse.

Er, for the Mets, I mean.

I guess it could have been worse for hte Yankees as well.

2006-07-01 11:35:27
30.   randym77
Walks Wright on 4 pitches. Just as well. :-P
2006-07-01 11:40:51
31.   Ravenscar
Should be bases loaded, no outs there.
2006-07-01 11:46:08
32.   Ravenscar
SOMEONE told the Mets to swing at the first pitch - and it's actually working.
2006-07-01 11:46:56
33.   JeremyM
I hate this team right now. Bases loaded and only one run (on a double play), and now the Mets show the Yanks how to score runs with the bases loaded.
2006-07-01 11:50:52
34.   randym77
Melky has forgotten how to use cutoff men.
2006-07-01 11:51:21
35.   brockdc
33And I hope everyone will note that A-Rod hasn't been the only Yankee to be un-clutch these days.
2006-07-01 11:55:15
36.   brockdc
For anyone watching the game, are these guys raking or does Randy just not have his stuff?
2006-07-01 11:55:17
37.   randym77
Beam's warming. Thanks a lot, Randy.

And we have "5 innings" Wright pitching tomorrow. The bullpen's going to be shot to hell by the time we get to Cleveland.

2006-07-01 11:56:27
38.   JeremyM
I can't see the game, but I'm guessing Randy just sucks.
2006-07-01 11:57:08
39.   rabid stan
Trachsel has looked terrible, Trachsel has looked terrible, Trachsel has looked terrible... just keep repeating.

You know, between Moose going 4, Randy probably going no better than five, and Jaret Wright going tomorrow, I really feel sorry for the bullpen. They're the victims in all this.

2006-07-01 11:57:15
40.   JeremyM
I expect a big inning here. Cabrera, Crosby, and Cairo must put the fear of God in the opposing staff.
2006-07-01 11:57:53
41.   brockdc
Yet another NL team saves their break-out game for the Yankees.

Yay.

2006-07-01 11:59:10
42.   randym77
36 IMO...Randy reverted to the "bad Randy" we've seen too much of.
2006-07-01 12:00:10
43.   brockdc
The last few times I've used Gameday, the Yanks have gotten pummeled. Coincidence?
2006-07-01 12:00:15
44.   rbj
Time to do some outside chores.
2006-07-01 12:01:09
45.   brockdc
42 Flat slider? Poor location? Decreased velocity?
2006-07-01 12:02:54
46.   rabid stan
Not a bad time to go 3 for 3, Johnny.
2006-07-01 12:04:24
47.   rabid stan
45 All of the above. Fastball has been 90-92, two walks last inning, one flat slider in particular that LoDuca got last inning for two runs.
2006-07-01 12:04:55
48.   randym77
43 It's the "curse of FOX."

45 Yes.

2006-07-01 12:07:01
49.   rabid stan
Whatever. An excuse to leave Trachsel out for another inning. As long as he's there, the Yanks have a chance for a big inning.
2006-07-01 12:10:20
50.   randym77
Godammit. Leadoff walk again.
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2006-07-01 12:10:27
51.   brockdc
I keep waiting for this team to reel off six or seven in a row, but they just seem so content with taking 2 out of 3 each series.
2006-07-01 12:13:02
52.   Jeteupthemiddle
I'm content with 2 of 3 each series...as long as it is every series.

However, I am not content with losing the game that Johnson pitches because he can't keep the other team from scoring less than 5 runs.

2006-07-01 12:13:15
53.   rabid stan
Beautiful. And with that tendon, too.
2006-07-01 12:13:28
54.   randym77
Nice! Posada's really gunning them down these days.
2006-07-01 12:14:25
55.   rabid stan
That's the third guy the Mets have lost on the bases in the last 14 innings.
2006-07-01 12:18:53
56.   rabid stan
Torre better not be complaining about the umpiring. It's incredible the breaks they've gotten.
2006-07-01 12:19:53
57.   randym77
Fox is really ticking me off. They keep doing their dopey interviews during the game. Do they think no one wants to watch the game if a homerun isn't being hit, or what?
2006-07-01 12:26:49
58.   rabid stan
I'm not liking their prospects for this series if they can't pull this out. Tomorrow they face a rookie.
2006-07-01 12:28:00
59.   rabid stan
Pitching the sixth after giving up 7 ER. Randy's in pitching purgatory.
2006-07-01 12:30:10
60.   JeremyM
I feel like Allen Iverson talking about practice.."We're talking about Steve Trachsel..Trachsel. We're talking about Steve Trachsel." I mean, 2 freaking runs?
2006-07-01 12:30:25
61.   randym77
58 Oh, no.

Did you see that graphic they flashed on the screen? We're scoring a run less per game without Sheff and Matsui.

But our winning percentage is higher. Weird.

2006-07-01 12:35:09
62.   rabid stan
Yanks send twenty-three to face Trachsel, ten get on, two score.
2006-07-01 12:38:20
63.   rabid stan
61 I still miss the big lugs.
2006-07-01 12:47:18
64.   randym77
Nice inning's work by Batboy.
2006-07-01 12:48:36
65.   Simone
I come home to this? Why? Why can't the Yankees just ripped off 10 to 12 wins? Why?
2006-07-01 12:49:16
66.   monkeypants
So, can we finally agree after another 2-run offensive explosion that the team needs offense more than pitching?
2006-07-01 12:53:28
67.   randym77
66 I don't think we need anything. I'm happy with what we got.

And Miggy gets on base. Better to be lucky than good. And it looks like he's taken Trachsel out on the play, too.

2006-07-01 12:55:57
68.   rbj
Man, hotter than Hades outside, and suckier than . . . Paris Hilton(?) on gamechannel.
Another bat would be nice, but only at a reasonable price.
2006-07-01 12:57:40
69.   monkeypants
67 You're joking, right? Or do you mean something like: 'let's not mortgage the future on trades for this year, but instead resign ourselves to second place (at best) and missing the playoffs?'
2006-07-01 13:02:21
70.   monkeypants
Yep, nothing wrong with this offense. Stay the course--that's the motto.
2006-07-01 13:03:01
71.   rabid stan
I got other things I gotta do.
2006-07-01 13:09:33
72.   randym77
69 Neither. I'm serious. We're doing okay. The Red Sox have been very lucky. They're on a hot streak. They'll burn out eventually.

Besides, for the most part, our mid-season acquisitions haven't worked out for us. Jeff Weaver? Matt Lawton? We'd have been better off without them.

2006-07-01 13:15:58
73.   JeremyM
Well, A-Rod's homer was late, but I'm guessing it isn't close, so that wasn't clutch. That was a booable home run if I've ever seen one:)
2006-07-01 13:16:43
74.   randym77
73 Ack. Don't give them any ideas.
2006-07-01 13:16:43
75.   monkeypants
72 Past bad midseason acquisitions is no reason for present and future inertia. Moreover, there are solutions within the organization. Fiirst off, Durazo should be called up; Phillips should be moved to 2B, Cairo banished and and Green banished even further.

But something has to be done about the wonder-trio of Bernie-Bubba-Melky. What a sink-hole (.740/.620/.680 OPS respective).

2006-07-01 13:19:45
76.   randym77
75 Durazo has been released.
2006-07-01 13:19:49
77.   monkeypants
72 And now that the RS/RA pythagorean gap has closed, I am less taken by the 'Red Sox have been lucky' argument.
2006-07-01 13:27:13
78.   randym77
Holy crap. Beautiful DP. Cairo may not be much on offense, but his glove is fine.
2006-07-01 13:30:35
79.   monkeypants
76 That figures.
2006-07-01 13:34:27
80.   randym77
Well, we lost the game but took down two of their pitchers.
2006-07-01 13:37:41
81.   JeremyM
Why was Durazo released? Wasn't he hitting pretty well in AAA?
2006-07-01 13:41:43
82.   monkeypants
80 Yep--and that combined with Cairo's flashy leather, and I am sure we'll overtake those lucky Sox.
2006-07-01 13:44:09
83.   randym77
81 I think the problem was that he was butcher on defense. The only use he'd have would be as a DH, and the last thing we need is another DH.
2006-07-01 13:48:13
84.   randym77
82 We were, what, 5-1/2 games back in August of last year?

The problem today was Randy Johnson. If we scored the 1 run per game today that ShefSui gives us, it wouldn't have made a whit of difference.

But I don't see running out to get another starter as being a solution. Randy's going to keep getting his starts no matter how much he sucks.

2006-07-01 13:53:09
85.   monkeypants
83 But we DO need some pop off the bench, and a LH/RH platoon with Phillips (with Phillips playing 1B and Giambi DH, and Giambi 1B and Durazo DH) would certainly be welcome. Steve Goldman has run a few columns in the last week or so listing numberous (more or less league average) OFs who could be had cheaply, and who would add more offense than Bubbernelky.
2006-07-01 14:01:41
86.   randym77
85 I'm sure Cashman is working on it. Prices will drop as the deadline approaches. If there's a deal, he'll grab it.

More likely, we'll end up futzing around with this year's equivalents of Tony Womack, Matt Lawton, and Ruben Sierra.

In any case, Matsui's due back in August and Sheff in September.

2006-07-01 14:07:35
87.   rbj
Scuttlebutt around these parts is the Indians are ready to blow up parts of their team (NOT C.C.)
So what would people want from the Indians, and at what price are ya'll willing to pay. (not much else going on until tomorrow night's game.)
2006-07-01 14:18:00
88.   monkeypants
84 86 While it is true the team overcame 5 or 6 games from last August, such comebacks are historically quite rare (didn't Goldman or BB write on this?)--and in large part last year's comeback was the product of (ta-da) midseason acquisitions that actually worked out (namely Small and Chacon).

I'm not sure I agree that prices drop as the deadline comes closer, but I hope your right. Likewise, I think that there is zero chance we see Sheff in pinstripes again, and slightly higher than zero chance Matsui actually plays effectively this year (and if he does come back in August, do we use August and September as spring training part II for Matsui?)--but again I hope your confidence is well placed.

2006-07-01 14:38:04
89.   randym77
87 Hmmm. Their OFers make Melky and Bubba look like All-Stars. Except Sizemore, and I have a feeling he won't be cheap, if they're willing to deal him at all.

I've heard speculation that the Yanks might be interested in Wickman. I can't get too excited about him, though. I'm happy with our young guys (Beam and Smith both did great today). Plus Dotel should be joining the team after the break.

BTW, what's going on with Rasner? His shoulder was supposedly only a few days' problem, but he's still on the DL, more than 15 days later.

2006-07-01 16:08:53
90.   brockdc
52 The problem is, there will be series in which the Yanks run into at least two top-tier starters (or, if the first half of this season is an indicator of things to come, two recent call-ups from AAA) whom they struggle against. I just think that, in series such as this, where the opposing pitching is mediocre AT BEST, it is mandatory that they take advantage to the greatest extent possible. In other words, winning two out of three from AAAA-caliber pitching will not suffice.
2006-07-01 20:47:14
91.   Zack
And meanwhile, not only did we once again struggle against a less than mediocre pitcher, but the Sox won, by a lot, against the same AA pitcher (Sanchez) that we couldn't touch...
2006-07-02 03:29:23
92.   randym77
91 I wouldn't read too much into that. We beat Willis, who shut down the Red Sox. We spanked Kazmir, who owns the Sox. Pitchers have good days and bad days (as we've seen with Randy, mutter, grumble). And sometimes it's just a matter of "fit."
2006-07-02 09:41:00
93.   dpmurphy
"randym77: We beat Willis"

You beat willis 2-1. He pitched 8 innings and gave up 2 runs. The sox lost to willis 5-2. Willis gave up 2 runs in 7 innings. In other words, his game era is higher in your game.

So you have no point. The yankees beating willis had nothing to do with hitting him better, they didn't. It had to do with the marlins getting runs of sox starting pitching.

You really say some bizarre stuff randym77.

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