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2007-04-09 13:01
by Cliff Corcoran
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The Yankees play just seven games against the central-division Twins this year, and it's rather advantageous that they're getting three of them out of the way now. That may seem an odd statement given that the Yankees are 2-3 and have yet to get a quality start (or anything even close) from their starting rotation, while the Twins are 4-1 and have allowed just 2.4 runs per game, but a quick look at the pitching probables for this series shows that the Twins are repeating their mistakes from a year ago.

Last year, the Twins broke camp with Tony Batista at third base, Juan Castro at shortstop, and Kyle Lohse and Carlos Silva in the starting rotation. It wasn't until mid-May that the team began to figure out that they had to do better, eventually ridding themselves of Batista, Castro, and Lohse, and benching underperforming right fielder Lew Ford. While their solutions in right field (Michael Cuddyer) and the left side of the infield (Nick Punto and Jason Bartlett) are still in place (though Punto is unlikely to be a long-term fix at the hot corner), the Twins have taken a step backwards in the rotation. Silva continues to hold a spot and, in place of the retired Brad Radke, the injured Francisco Liriano, and 2006 solution Matt Garza, who had an excellent spring, they've turned to proven patsies Ramon Ortiz and, believe it or not, Sidney Ponson.

Admittedly, Garza got roughed up pretty good last year, but that came late in the year as he was inching toward his career mark for innings in a single season (he ultimately threw 185 2/3 over four levels, just surpassing his total from the previous season split between Fresno State, rookie ball, and low-A). One could argue that Garza's on the Phil Hughes plan, but there are three key differences. Garza, a first-round draft pick out of Fresno State in 2005, is nearly three years older than Hughes. Hughes is on a 180-inning limit this year, but Garza has already passed that in each of the last two seasons. Finally, Hughes had never pitched above double-A coming into 2007, while Garza threw 50 major league innings at the end of last season. Also unlike Hughes, Garza sailed through spring training with a 1.50 ERA. Garza's a top prospect who's ready to join the major league rotation. So who do the Twins block him with? Sidney Ponson, a man who was relased by three teams in a 12-month span from September 1, 2005 to September 1, 2006 and this spring had a WHIP of 1.56 and struck out just 6 men in 16 innings. They must have been really blown away by Sir Sidney's 3.94 ERA.

That or they plan to skip the fifth spot in their rotation as often as possible and wanted Garza to get regular work in the minors. Fortunately for the Yankees, one of the times the defending AL Central Champs need their fifth starter is tonight. Meanwhile, Johan Santana, who's officially the greatest pitcher on the planet, pitched last night. So, you see, it's rather advantageous that the Yanks are getting three of their games against the Twins out of the way now, because the Twinks will surely haved wise up by the time they come to the Bronx around Independence Day, and it's unlikely that the Yanks will miss Santana again in that four-game set. It will also benefit the Yankees to come in from the cold to the climate-controlled Metrodome. In both cases (and I never thought I'd say this about the Hubert H. Homerdome, but given the weather in the Bronx of late . . .) the Yankees should enjoy it while you can.

Carl Pavano takes his second turn tonight. He actually looked pretty good through his first four innings on Opening Day, allowing just one unearned run following Derek Jeter's throwing error. In fact, if you convert that error to an out and erase the remainder of that second inning in which Pavano allowed a walk and an RBI single before getting the final out, Meat's line through four innings would have been 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Even as played, his four-inning line was a very respectable 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. The fact of the matter is he flat ran out of gas in the fifth, which is not unusual considering how long it's been since he's pitched regularly. That fatigue is yet another reason to trade Pavano in late May, assuming he pitches well enough to fetch a good return and the rest of the rotation shapes up, of course. Between his injury risk and lack of stamina, the chances of Pavano continuing to pitch well all year (if he gets there at all) are very slim. His chances of outlasting his opponent tonight are much better. Sidney Ponson is bad.

Minnesota Twins

2006 Record: 96-66 (.593)
2006 Pythagorean Record: 93-69 (.574)

Manager: Ron Gardenhire
General Manager: Terry Ryan

Home Ballpark (2006 Park Factors): Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (98/98)

Who's Replacing Whom?

Jason Kubel replaces Lew Ford (DL)
Rondell White takes over Shannon Stewart's playing time
Jeff Cirillo replaces Tony Batista
Chris Heintz replaces Juan Castro
Ramon Ortiz replaces Brad Radke
Sidney Ponson replaces Scott Baker and Francisco Liriano, seriously
Pat Neshek takes over Willie Eyre's innings

25-man Roster

1B - Justin Morneau (L)
2B - Luis Castillo (S)
SS - Jason Bartlett (S)
3B - Nick Punto (S)
C - Joe Mauer (L)
RF - Michael Cuddyer (R)
CF - Torii Hunter (R)
LF - Rondell White (R)
DH - Jason Kubel (L)

Bench:

R - Jeff Cirillo (IF)
L - Jason Tyner (OF)
R - Mike Redmond (C)
S - Luis Rodriguez (IF)
R - Chris Heintz (C)

Rotation:

L - Johan Santana
R - Sidney Ponson
R - Boof Bonser
R - Ramon Ortiz
R - Carlos Silva

Bullpen:

R - Joe Nathan
R - Juan Rincon
R - Jesse Crain
R - Pat Neshek
L - Dennys Reyes
R - Matt Guerrier

15-day DL: R - Lew Ford (OF), S - Alejandro Machado (IF)
60-day DL: L - Francisco Liriano

Lineup:

S - Luis Castillo (2B)
S - Nick Punto (3B)
L - Joe Mauer (C)
R - Michael Cuddyer (R)
L - Justin Morneau (1B)
R - Torii Hunter (CF)
R - Rondell White (LF)
L - Jason Kubel (DH)
S - Jason Bartlett (SS)

Comments (134)
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2007-04-09 14:18:56
1.   Knuckles
Now would be a good time to dust off my old Ponson limerick, from when he got a little chirpy about the Yanks in 2004.

There once was a knight from Aruba,
Whose body was shaped like a tuba,
He talked trash to the Yanks,
And twice he was spanked,
Have another twinkie, you goober.

2007-04-09 15:15:04
2.   C2Coke
Obviously the Twins can't stand to be one of the few teams that don't get to experience the wind and snow of April.

No more weather excuse tonight, it's about time the Yankees get the real seasom started. A week of sloppy games was no fun to watch.

2007-04-09 15:17:59
3.   BklynBmr
1 That's hilarious! Here's hoping our ace can get past the 5th tonight, or I'm gonna need one.

An open-air, new park for the Twinkies? That's awesome. Long overdue...

2007-04-09 15:18:28
4.   Zack
1 great stuff...

And lets hope A-Rod can continue his hot hitting at the always friendly Homerdome, where he sports a career 1.166 career OPS...

2007-04-09 15:22:10
5.   jkay
A-Rod is maned co-player of the week with Vlad Guerrero........

Rodriguez hit .381 (8-21) with a 1.095 slugging percentage, three doubles, four HR, 11 RBI and 23 total bases. On Opening Day, he went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base. In three games against the Baltimore Orioles April 6-8, Rodriguez went 5-for-11 with three home runs and eight RBI. In the April 7th game, the two-time American League Most Valuable Player hit a two-run shot in the first inning. Then, trailing by a run with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, the 10-time American League All-Star hit a walk-off grand slam home run, marking the third game-ending grand slam home run of his career. This is the 11th weekly award of Alex's career.

2007-04-09 16:03:26
6.   C2Coke
No YES on MLB.TV today, but I am very relieved that is FSN not ESPN.
2007-04-09 16:12:41
7.   Eirias
I heart Ponson.
2007-04-09 16:14:47
8.   Eirias
6 Yeah, ESPN is pretty bad right now.
2007-04-09 16:17:18
9.   Javi Javi
7 ponson is finally earning his salary from last year.
2007-04-09 16:18:44
10.   C2Coke
Is it too early to repeat Cliff's last sentence?

Jorge is starting pretty hot this season, no?

2007-04-09 16:18:54
11.   nyyfan22
Howdy ho, fellas.

Nice start for the bombers. Let's hope they bring some men over the plate and grab an early lead.

Nice! Posada hits a ground rule double. 2-0 Yanks.

1 Great limerick, Knuckles.

2007-04-09 16:21:31
12.   rbj
Man, sucks having to be at work. Coff, coff. Gee my head's starting to hurt. . .
2007-04-09 16:23:50
13.   nyyfan22
12 I'm at work, too. Thanks to mlb for the gameday audio. Best $15 I'll spend all year.
2007-04-09 16:28:39
14.   C2Coke
Guess after all those time on the DL, Meat can't really blame the announcers of FSN to compare him to Ponson, right?

"...Good, hard sinking fastball, very good changeups..." Which Ponson is he watching?

2007-04-09 16:29:42
15.   Javi Javi
How about that Meat? Easy inning for the man of steel.
2007-04-09 16:31:58
16.   nyyfan22
11 Whoops. Now I see that Posada's double scored the 2nd and 3rd runs for the Yanks. Somehow I missed the Abreu RBI altogether. The perils of listening at work.
2007-04-09 16:34:58
17.   rbj
Nyyfan22,
they redid the entrance to the library and put in 5 42 inch tv screens. One of the channels that is constantly played is ESPN. So I get to watch the game -- without the sound. Considering it is ESPN, that isn't such a bad thing.

Headache's getting worse.

2007-04-09 16:36:10
18.   Eirias
Bad Abreu! He is forgetting that we don't want to tire Ponson out.
2007-04-09 16:36:19
19.   claybeez
Now that Hampton is shelved, it would seem to be a good time to deal for Saltalamacchia the Braves' catching prospect.
2007-04-09 16:37:44
20.   nyyfan22
Abreuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
2007-04-09 16:37:58
21.   seamus
nice abreu!
2007-04-09 16:38:10
22.   claybeez
Nice to score in back to back innings.
2007-04-09 16:38:33
23.   RIYank
18 He was waiting for that fat one. (And of course I mean that in both senses.)

But really we do want to get into the bullpen early, right? It'll help tomorrow.

2007-04-09 16:38:44
24.   Javi Javi
He does more than draw walks!! Nice Abreu
2007-04-09 16:39:31
25.   Maniakes
Best of both worlds, score a bunch of runs off Ponson now so the Yanks win today, and wear him out quickly so they Twins' bullpen will be tired for the rest of the series.
2007-04-09 16:40:54
26.   joejoejoe
I feel good about this game with Pavano on the mound. Seriously.
2007-04-09 16:42:50
27.   RIYank
26 No, seriously.
2007-04-09 16:43:41
28.   rbj
26 now take that back, joejoejoe. I don't want anymore Twins' doubles.
2007-04-09 16:45:07
29.   RIYank
Not many folks here this evening. What's up with that?
I'm listening to John and Suzyn, so tv-watchers please pass along any good visuals.
2007-04-09 16:45:24
30.   nyyfan22
Those of you with TV access to this game, was Abreu trying to trick Cuddyer into a pick off by pretending he lost the ball?
2007-04-09 16:47:16
31.   seamus
he is throwing strikes. i can deal with this.
2007-04-09 16:47:31
32.   RIYank
30 Yeah, I was wondering that, too. Sterling said he thought Abreu was 'deking' (if that's how you spell it).
2007-04-09 16:47:31
33.   its430
That was the first "good" defensive play by Jeter of the season.
2007-04-09 16:48:14
34.   Javi Javi
30 Don't know if it was conscious. It looked like he was pretty energetic about waving off Damon. I have heard that the roof at the metrodome is pretty tough on outfielders, so it was probably for real.
2007-04-09 16:48:43
35.   seamus
30 i missed that. i just went back and looked. I think he was just positioning for the throw.
2007-04-09 16:49:47
36.   Javi Javi
34 I guess it's the ceiling, not the roof
2007-04-09 16:50:02
37.   seamus
35 to follow up, they didn't really show that much of him on that play...
2007-04-09 16:59:32
38.   RIYank
Good Meat tonight. Sirloin vs. Sir Sydney.

Wow, good D, too. I'm feeling better!

2007-04-09 16:59:41
39.   rbj
At the risk of jinxing, Pavano isn't looking bad.
2007-04-09 17:12:51
40.   rabid stan
Joe Mauer Sideburns Day.

Alex Rodriguez Frosted Tips Day?

2007-04-09 17:13:34
41.   Eirias
Who is this Pavano? Why haven't we seen him before?
2007-04-09 17:14:30
42.   seamus
is pavano our ace? (just kidding, stop throwing things at me..)
2007-04-09 17:16:08
43.   rbj
It is still early, but I think we can blame the horrid first week to oldish pitchers moving from warm Florida to cold New York.
2007-04-09 17:21:57
44.   randym77
I must say, Ponson looks like he's lost some weight.

He's still bad, though.

2007-04-09 17:22:16
45.   rabid stan
"Three straight scoreless innings from Sidney Ponson."

Michael Kay, you have a gift, sir.

2007-04-09 17:22:39
46.   RIYank
Hm, I don't like squandering those two baserunners. But, maybe tonight's the night we can afford it.
43 Plausible. I sure hope that's it.
2007-04-09 17:28:58
47.   mehmattski
43 Didn't seem to affect Mo.
2007-04-09 17:33:13
48.   OldYanksFan
Well... that's the last time I start to type the words 'Pavano' and 'shutout' in the same sentence.

Oh.. nice... DP. One earned run thru 5.
We can live with that.
We can live with that, right?
It should bring our entire starting staff's ERA down by more than 1/2 point.

ESPN won't have the Yankees starting pitching to kick around anymore.
How can we lose with Meat and Minky (and if Melky got hot, that would have been a really funny sentence).

2007-04-09 17:33:29
49.   mehmattski
Way to take pitches, Melky.
2007-04-09 17:33:56
50.   C2Coke
45 According to the Twins' announcers, Ponson lost more than a few pounds over the winter.

47 But the cold is no Kryptonite.

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2007-04-09 17:33:56
51.   rbj
47 Mo is The Hammer of God. Mortal things do not affect him.

5 innings, one run. I can accept that. Let's see Carl get through the sixth.

And yes, I do have a headache so I'm calling it a night and going home to lie on my couch.
(and maybe flip on the tv)

Good night all.

2007-04-09 17:34:12
52.   Eirias
FIVE!
2007-04-09 17:35:23
53.   rabid stan
"Show me on the doll where the Umpire touched you, John."

Get Al Leiter in the booth.

2007-04-09 17:35:23
54.   rabid stan
"Show me on the doll where the Umpire touched you, John."

Get Al Leiter in the booth.

2007-04-09 17:36:11
55.   C2Coke
51 Night, hope the headache's gonna get better soon.
2007-04-09 17:37:19
56.   C2Coke
53 I was wondering about that too. Has Leiter even been in the booth since the season started?
2007-04-09 17:37:33
57.   rabid stan
Way to ham it up, Punto.
2007-04-09 17:39:00
58.   rabid stan
I think he did Moose's start., but Kay has been in every game.
2007-04-09 17:39:08
59.   randym77
Melky sure seems to be struggling this season. Think the pressure is getting to him?
2007-04-09 17:40:21
60.   mehmattski
Dialed. In.
2007-04-09 17:40:30
61.   RIYank
A-ROD! Damn.
2007-04-09 17:40:31
62.   3rd gen yankee fan
keeeeeeck azz!!!!
2007-04-09 17:40:51
63.   rabid stan
Just when I was thinking Ponson had the joojoo on A-Rod.

Frosted Tips Day, I'm serious.

2007-04-09 17:41:03
64.   C2Coke
Is it possible to have 100 HR in a year?
2007-04-09 17:41:27
65.   thelarmis
A-Bomb #5! 8-1 yanks. pontoon out, pavano will go for 6 innings! nice : )
2007-04-09 17:41:54
66.   3rd gen yankee fan
Awwww, we're losing Ponson already??? But we're not finished with him yet!!!
2007-04-09 17:42:06
67.   RIYank
64 I just told my son that he's on pace for 135.
2007-04-09 17:43:06
68.   JL25and3
Sidney Ponson is a wonderful human being. He absolutely deserved his knighthood. All hail Sir Sidney!
2007-04-09 17:43:08
69.   RIYank
Okay, now the goal is to have Pavano go seven. (And maybe knock around the Twins bullpen, just to improve our chances tomorrow.)
2007-04-09 17:43:58
70.   OldYanksFan
For the first few years I saw ARod, I simply did not know what all the hype was about. He missed a lot of pitches, didn't really swing hard, didn't pull to ball, seemed late on a lot of swings.

I figured he was just lucky on the HRs, catching good wind currents.

But OMG... everything he hits, flys.
Is he THAT strong?
Lots of guys look stronger.
But when he hits the ball in the air... it just flys.
Is he THAT strong?

2007-04-09 17:46:38
71.   C2Coke
58 When they have Al Lieter, Joe Girardi, Ken Singleton, Bobby Murcer, Kay is the guy they have everyday. It's because his ability to never stop talking?

I just went over to YES website to check. Have no idea why Al Lieter and John Flaherty's names are not listed as announcers.

2007-04-09 17:48:04
72.   JL25and3
70 That's what constantly amazes me. He doesn't look like a monster slugger, and he doesn't swing like one. But he hits them places that other guys just dream about - and he almost never hits one that just barely clears the wall.
2007-04-09 17:48:43
73.   OldYanksFan
Nice play. Who's that kid at SS?
2007-04-09 17:49:07
74.   nycfan
Yeah, a lot of A-Rod's homeruns look like pop-ups off his bat but end up being monster homeruns. I think i read somewhere that his swing produces a lot of backspin, so that could be it.
2007-04-09 17:49:16
75.   JimCobain
70 I agree with you completely. I always wondered how he compiled all those stats, even in 2005 when he won the MVP. But no I am starting to understand. And now I will be even more dissapointmet when he leaves after this year.
2007-04-09 17:49:41
76.   claybeez
59 I hope it's just that he's pressing.

Pavano? Can you believe this? Very encouraging.

2007-04-09 17:50:07
77.   RIYank
7-pitch inning.
Pavano's gonna go seven. Maybe eight!
2007-04-09 17:50:36
78.   BklynBmr
Iron Carl! Just when we needed you most. Keep this up and all is forgiven...
2007-04-09 17:51:08
79.   JL25and3
71 I think Kay is ostensibly the play-by-play guy, even though he's not especially good at it. The others are supposed to be the color commentators.

Best broadcast last year was when O'Neill missed his flight and Singleton had to do the whole game solo. Nothing against O'Neill, but Singleton was brilliant that night - with far better p-b-p than Kay

2007-04-09 17:51:46
80.   its430
Wow. Finally headed to the 7th with only one pitcher used. Is it too late to put a retractable roof and heat into the new stadium?
2007-04-09 17:52:32
81.   RIYank
73 Yeah, nice to see the Captain flashing leather.
2007-04-09 17:52:42
82.   rabid stan
70 There's just something about that swing. That's not a mortal man's swing.

71 I remember last season when Singleton had to do an O's game by himself. He did a great job handling the play-by-play and the color. I think Kay would name his toes and talk to them if he were ever in that situation.

2007-04-09 17:53:04
83.   mehmattski
But still better than these Twins announcers on mlb.tv:

"You can't predict what's gonna happen tomorrow."

Really? Thanks.

2007-04-09 17:53:21
84.   BklynBmr
79 I remember that broadcast. Singleton is among the best in the game, hands down. I miss he and Kitty together...
2007-04-09 17:58:30
85.   C2Coke
79,82,84 Does emailing YES help? Guess not...

80 Isn't the idea that a retractable roof can be added to the new stadium later?

83 I realized long ago when they were comparing Meat to Ponson, and credited them both with "good, hard sinkers." But I think I'd rather take them over those loud mouths from ESPN.

2007-04-09 17:59:50
86.   rabid stan
Jeez, Bruney and Henn. Even on a good day those guys get worked over.
2007-04-09 18:04:01
87.   RIYank
Did Melky misplay that?
2007-04-09 18:04:22
88.   C2Coke
When Meat is running out of gas, he does it fast, doesn't he?
2007-04-09 18:05:00
89.   C2Coke
87 Don't think so, it was higher than his reach.
2007-04-09 18:05:17
90.   rabid stan
87 Not really, he just looked awkward twisting in the air and stumbling on the track. That ball was three feet above his glove.
2007-04-09 18:05:34
91.   thelarmis
melky and damon both looked pretty silly this inning. damon couldn't even reach jeter on a fly and it was long toss distance. uy.
2007-04-09 18:06:15
92.   thelarmis
wow, meatless goes 7. me likey!
2007-04-09 18:06:16
93.   rabid stan
Well, the Meat was delicious tonight.
2007-04-09 18:06:41
94.   RIYank
Thanks.
So, is that it for Pavano? I might let him go another inning. Why not?

I would really hate to see Bruney get Proctologized this year.

2007-04-09 18:06:41
95.   mehmattski
And the winner of the First Quality Start of 2007 is.... Carl Pavano.
2007-04-09 18:07:25
96.   C2Coke
That....that....that...was 7 innings with 2 runs by Pavano...I am shaking as I type this...
2007-04-09 18:08:57
97.   Shaun P
95 96 Where's Yankee Fan in Boston? I believe he is the captain of the 'Comeback Carl' bandwagon. Now let's hope that Meat can keep this up as the season goes on!
2007-04-09 18:09:29
98.   thelarmis
i would send pav out again, too. i think he's still got a pretty decent pitch count. i'm guessing mr. torre pulls him...
2007-04-09 18:09:39
99.   RIYank
And where's dianagramr? (Of "Pavanomas" fame.)
2007-04-09 18:11:27
100.   OldYanksFan
Whats-his-face on ESPN is truly a nice guy.
Everything he says is nice.
All the players are great.
All the plays are great.
He just called Melky a great fielder... look he almost caught that ball.

I see a guy who misjudged it (in fairness, he was a very hard hit, possibly raising line drive), tripped over his own feet and turned the wrong way.

Am I being to hard on the Melkdud?
It wasn't so much that he missed it, but how he missed it.

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2007-04-09 18:18:06
101.   C2Coke
94 Sigh...
2007-04-09 18:19:52
102.   thelarmis
yeah, this is ridiculous. why the hell is bruney in? ugh.
2007-04-09 18:20:12
103.   joejoejoe
Apparently ESPN's Rick Sutcliffe doesn't know Brian Bruney pitched key innings for the Yanks in last years ALDS and isn't just a garbage man.
2007-04-09 18:20:42
104.   joejoejoe
103 Maybe Torre doesn't remember either.
2007-04-09 18:20:47
105.   thelarmis
sut doesn't really know much about anything.
2007-04-09 18:20:52
106.   RIYank
101 Yeah.
I guess we don't actually have any inning-eaters now, do we? I mean, the whole pen looks really good. Even Myers.
Maybe Joe will be willing to split up the work. Like Henn in the ninth tonight.
2007-04-09 18:21:27
107.   thelarmis
nice play by robbie!
2007-04-09 18:21:40
108.   nemecizer
Damn. I come home from a nice dinner to see that Meat went 7IP, 6H, 2ER. That's ... just great!!!

And Ponson looks like he was positively Pavano-eqsue*

*Pavano v1.0

2007-04-09 18:21:40
109.   BklynBmr
What an arm on Robbie!
2007-04-09 18:21:58
110.   C2Coke
103 I can pay no attention to ESPN, but i don't understand Torre.
2007-04-09 18:22:12
111.   RIYank
Okay, that does it! Our whole infield is making good plays tonight!

Ahhhh. A good start, and good D. Now we're cooking.

Love the dome.

2007-04-09 18:23:09
112.   C2Coke
Actually, this is when Villone could come in handy.
2007-04-09 18:24:16
113.   C2Coke
108 Out to dinner every 5 days from now on?
2007-04-09 18:24:26
114.   RIYank
108 Every inning our disbelief reached new heights. Pavano was really good -- not dominant, didn't get strikeouts, but he sure did throw strikes. (No walks!!!) And A-Rod went yard again, along with Abreu. And, as I was just saying, blue chip infield defense for a change.
2007-04-09 18:24:31
115.   nemecizer
Damn, Bruney 3 up 3 down, just like Saturday. We could have a winner here as long as what 94 says doesn't happen.

*Hoping against hope Torre stops being Torre*

*Knowing that probably won't happen :( *

How many people want to bet Mo comes in?

2007-04-09 18:24:59
116.   OldYanksFan
I might take some shit for this, but I saw this all last year, and lots already this year.

ARod hits rocket linedrives RIGHT at the CFer. Ground ball rockets RIGHT at the 3rd baseman. Always outs.

Jeter magically hits dinks, dunks, bloops, quails, choppers, bouncers and rollers "juuuuuuuuuust past the outstretched glove of..."

It's like the hand of God guides a lot of Jeter's hits. Does he have a line drive yet this year?

The guy has amazing Karma.

2007-04-09 18:25:07
117.   nemecizer
113 Your wish is my command! Diet be damned, I am doing it for the team.
2007-04-09 18:25:56
118.   RIYank
Suzyn just announced that no Yankee has ever hit (as many as) five HR in the first six games. Oh, and is Pavano about to set the record for longest duration between wins?
2007-04-09 18:26:34
119.   C2Coke
117 LOL! Anything for our favorite Yanks, huh?

115 I think Henn or Farns is more likely.

2007-04-09 18:28:56
120.   RIYank
115 119 Henn, I believe.
116 Well, Jeter puts a lot of balls in play. A-Rod strikes out a lot more but hits much, much harder. Maybe Jeter's is the recipe for more avg., Alex for serious sluggage.
Look, Jeter is a very, very good hitter, and we know in real life nobody is charmed, etc.
2007-04-09 18:30:43
121.   nemecizer
119 I do it ... because I must. And I hope you are right about Mo not coming in.

Damon looks like he has come back well. I know it's early, but there is just something wonderful about seeing Jeter, Abreu, A-Rod, Posada, and Cano all hitting above .300 and Damon above .500.

Damn regression to the mean! Just damn it!

2007-04-09 18:33:18
122.   C2Coke
116 It may be true. But as long as those balls keep passing by the gloves from April to November. All's well.

121 Giambi isn't doing bad as well.

2007-04-09 18:36:07
123.   C2Coke
119 I didn't want to be right, but Torre is sometimes so predictable in a bad way.
2007-04-09 18:44:42
124.   nemecizer
122 Very true! It's not reflected in his BA, but he has been quite good so far.

Game over. The bullpen is outstanding again. It gives us a taste of what this team could be like if the starters go 6+ innings.

I have to say, I like this team. I will no doubt panic again soon and piss everyone on BB off, but what I see tonight, it's all good.

2007-04-09 18:46:22
125.   OldYanksFan
Habib has escaped!
He still has 2 bombs!
If you are near L.A., IT'S NOT SAFE.
GET OUT. NOW!
2007-04-09 18:50:55
126.   randym77
Did A-Rod ever say why he's switched to the high socks?

Andy Phillips hit a home run for Scranton tonight.

Ron Villone pitched one inning. 2H, 1R, 1BB.

2007-04-09 18:53:45
127.   joejoejoe
Is there anything preventing the Yankees from shuttling Myers, Britton, and Villone up and down from Columbus depending on the opponent? There are several AL teams with no imposing LH hitting (Detroit, KC, Seattle, Tampa, Toronto). Why not try and spread the relief load among Britton and Villone and ease the burdeon on the rest of the pen?
2007-04-09 18:54:54
128.   rabid stan
It's not Habib, it's Fayed. Damn. Jack Bauer kicks too much ass.
2007-04-09 18:59:21
129.   randym77
127 You can't just shuttle veterans up and down. Even if they still have options left, they can't be sent down without giving their permission. And I kind of doubt they all have options. They'd have to clear waivers each time.
2007-04-09 19:00:00
130.   Jim Dean
Finally a well-played, well-pitched game and by Meat of all people. Great infield D though Jete sure makes those plays up the middle an adventure.

Love how Arod is on pace for 135 HR's and 351 RBI's.

2007-04-09 19:04:18
131.   OldYanksFan
Wow....
when you get a taste of what ARod can do...
Amazing. Exciting. Every AB is exciting.
How can we let this guy go?
Hello Brian... yeah, it's OldYanksFan again. Listen... we HAVE to talk.
2007-04-09 19:13:51
132.   kdw
126 Think in spring training someone asked him and he said he was wearing them in honor of his high school baseball coach, he and Mientkiewicz both.
2007-04-09 19:48:41
133.   randym77
132 Thanks.

I notice Farnsy is wearing them, too. He wore the long pants last season.

I like the old school, high socks look.

2007-04-10 00:21:35
134.   yankz
125,128 Dude, one of the episodes I can remember in a long time, IMO. The 4 for 1 deal was legendary. As were the last words Fayed ever heard. Although the rest of this season is going to suck.

GO YANKEES AND JACK BAUER!

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