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Another tough pitching match-up for the Yanks tonight. Here's hoping they win the series here and now. It's all about Andy and the bats.
Let's Go Yan-Kees!
2.50 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 12 BB and 5 HR in 68.1 IP.
Hard living tonight.
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"Scranton's season ended today. The Yankees will be calling up LHP Kei Igawa, RHP Jeff Karstens, RHP Matt DeSalvo, LHP Sean Henn, RHP Ross Ohlendorf (who will have to be added to the 40-man) and OF Bronson Sardinha."
That would bring the Yankees up to 35, with Chase Wright and TyClip likely to be added when the Thunder's season ends. Will we hear the same kinds of rants from Michael Kay when the Yankees call up the kids?
The guy who almost single-handedly turned a potentional 5-2 roadtrip into a 2-5 hole? Or the guy who gave up 4 runs in .2 ip yesterday for Scranton in the playoffs, losing the game and spoiling a rather good start by Mighty Matt DeSalvo.
Oh right, same guy.
For the love of all that's holy, why?
Our record against the Central is pretty amazing, considering the quality of the teams. The Royals are clearly up-and-coming, and the only weak link is the ChiSox, who are, after all, only 2 years removed from a championship.
This is going to be one scary division. Tigers, Cleveland, KC, and Minny are all young and talented.
Thank god for the unbalanced schedule. Besides us and the Sawx, only TB looks set for the future, and TB will figure some way to screw it up.
I can't imagine any of them get in a game unless the Yanks are blowing someone out or have already clinched a playoff spot.
Most homers in a season: six. Career OPS+: 79.
You should be able to have that sound option. Especially in HDTV, where, with the 5.1 surround, you get the crowd ambiance out of 4 speakers. What if you could turn off the center speaker/announcers, and just kick back with the crowd sound. It'd be like being at the park.
Throw in some smell-a-vision in the future, and we'll be set.
Yeah, I saw that Michigan game. Kind of sad. Not that I have any kind of loyalties or indeed care much in any way about college football.
I hear there's a baseball game in KC, though.
34 It's Saturday night. Don't look at me man, I'm only sticking around for like an hour.
Hmm, think Cano waited too long to break for home?
2/3s of the Hens opening day lineup is in the majors at the moment, I didn't like their odds going in.
HR - Dice in a world of hurt now.
Has Pedroia been, uh, brushed back yet?
7 run inning for O's.
Go M's and O's
I love the Oregon Ducks.
Looks like I almost jinxed him. Sorry!
Yikes, that's not good, "No word from the Yankees..."
Betemit SS/Giambi 1B
Betemit SS/Stink 1B
Alberto SS/Giambi, Betemit or Stink 1b?
Oh, no fucking way. NO WAY!
Those 3-1 pitches are hell for Bannister tonight, huh?
This is just like April. We can't explain it. Can't even understand it.
Silly woman. A simple "Ha!" would have sufficed.
121 Nice >;)
Derek Jeter left the game with "stiffness in his right knee."
Anyone know the story behind that?
131 Saying that A-Rod is bad for team chemistry is now the sporstwriter's badge of shame. They're all primarily objects of mockery today.
Jeez, the kid has the IQ of a Bostonian.
I don't understand small ball in that situation, but it ended well.
Cairo was a scrappy player, but this is much much much better.
And Steve Philips should not only never GM again, he can no longer be taken seriously on BBTN (not that I ever did)
The Bronx Zoo Yankees won two world championships.
The whacked out Charlie Finley A's won three.
The We Are Family Pirates won one. Two if you want to be really generous and give them 71.
I just don't see why the players have to like each other to play baseball.
Now this is the beat down I was hoping for tonight...
Would you walk Alex here?
Nice job by AG(Hey that works for both Alberto Gonzales and Attorney General, maybe that is what Bush was thinking...)
I'm looking forward to seeing some true SS range with Gonzalez instead of the cap'n out there.
I didn't really think that was going out. Not really. But man, that would have been cool.
Oh, the humanity!!
I bet that didn't come from Joe. Good move IMO.
Give me a team who really get along and pull for each other on and off the field anyday of the week.
This club seems to have a great vibe to it. How can that be a bad thing?
This is what I hate about intelligent baseball fans (not directed at you, Mattpat; I'm including myself in this group). Because so much of this game is easily rationalized and explained, we start to do the same to the players as well.
For example, I commented that the Yankees looked terrible the day Scooter died, and it might be because they have heavy hearts. Someone quickly told me that the Yanks won the day they had to bury Munson.
That was ridiculous, IMO. I might (and probably was) totally wrong. But using a Yankees team from 3 decades ago to make an argument like that is crap. Everybody deals with death differently. Just because one group of guys was able to block it out and play in no way means that a completely different group of guys will be able to do the same. Some people are blessed with a godlike ability to focus. It's a gift that not everybody has.
Pete Abraham made what I thought was a good point the other day. The few starts after Mike Myers, Ace Wang's best friend on the team, was DFA'd, Wang didn't pitch well. It's entirely possible that he didn't pitch well because of other circumstances, like a finger injury or sheer bad luck. But it's definitely possible that he struggled because he wasn't in his usual comfort zone. None of us knows how Wang personally reacted to it. I get the feeling that if someone had made that point here, they would have been ridiculed.
If Arod and Jeter had an argument before a game, maybe they both can block it out and go 3-4 apiece. But if Melky steals a girl from Cano, how the hell do we know that's not weighing down on him the next day? Playing baseball is an incredibly hard thing to do that requires the utmost concentration. The slightest distraction could make your pitch miss two inches two high, resulting in a home run. The slightest distraction could delay your decision to swing a split second, resulting in a weak grounder to second. There is definitely a mental aspect to the game, and everybody's ability to focus can be compromised by other circumstances.
As you can see, I've been bottling this post up for a while.
204 Britton for the ninth?
True confessions: I like both these guys as announcers. (Ducks as tomatoes get thrown ...)
Well, maybe it's just a difference in their tonalities.
(I like both of them, too.)
Who's gonna make the call to the dugout?
I don't understand the point of calling them up if we're not going to use them. We can't afford to use them in a pennant race.
So either we're calling them up for the sake of it, or we're going to get Kei Igawa ROUND THREE.
JD Drew is really, really bad this year. I didn't realize how bad until I looked at FanGraphs, where they just love Win Expectancy Added. Drew is an absolute disaster by that measure, one of the very worst players in baseball.
If you think that group should all be DFA'd tomorrow because they "suck", you'd probably have a short career in a front office.
Who's to say they have to (or are going to) be used? You? Relax.
Let some of the lower tier kids/players experience a pennant race from the bench, which is where they'll be most likely be viewing it from.
The Motley Crüe!
Sigh. It's old BB doing his stuff.
Edwar, dude. Not your fault. Keep plugging.
250 Swéét (Same thing on the 'e'...)
Anyway, Wanger needs a win tomorrow, and he'll have to pitch seven innings. Eight would be better.
Kim didn't look too bad either...
That lady was screaming, "This is it, yeah!!" Like the world was coming to an end or something...
Jeter has fluid in his knee. Dealing with it since Anaheim. It won't be fixed until he gets off it for a while (i.e., it won't be healed until after the season). Derek wanted to stay in the game, but Joe was firm.
They'll be very careful with him on turf.
Or he can be the ice cream man, serving Frozen Ropes
but the best job for him would be as a sentinel for the Royal British Guard, because he has no movement
Bedtime now, g'nite!
Are you wsporter? I know he disappeared when I (and yes, it was me) figured out his name, but he said he'd made a return.
209 Thanks, my man.
"They play 'Yankeeography' on Paul O'Neill every day," Youkilis said, referring to the Yankees' practice of showing highlight films on the stadium scoreboard of Paul O'Neill, a beloved former Yankee known for his dramatic mood swings. "So, what's the problem? I've been compared to Paul O'Neill. I know Paul O'Neill. We have the same agent."
I prefer to take Jetes out of the lineup, with DH'ing him every other day, to see if he can stiil hit.
We need him more IN the PS then to GET TO the PS. The team's goal should be to get him as healthy as possible for October. As is, he is a massive liability on defense (because his knee is bad) and is NOT as good as Betemin on offense.
He needs to sit. He does nothing for our team in his present condition. But his healthy bat IS needed for October.
306 William Sydney Porter, for whom wsporter named himself, is better known as the short-story writer O.Henry, who led an interesting life as quite a few turn-of-the-century writers had. The thread that prompted wsporter's semi-retirement is below; I recommend starting from an earlier post than where it opens for context; I had initiated the conversation about the meaning of his name; which prompted an amusing challenge, an interesting-yet-very wrong hypothesis and Yankz' blunt discovery of the true meaning of Christmas... er, his name, rather >;)
Sox players are concerned with the opposition's ERA. Shouldn't he just say, "we score a run and try to win the ballgame"?
Hey Youkillis, here's why nobody likes you: You don't know what STFU stands for.
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