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Yo, I just wanted a chance to post a picture of Kent Tekulve, a name that I couldn't pronounce for the life of me when I was a kid.
Let's Go Moose!
I also really, really want to see Moose win 20.
His career is likely over, and should be.
I had no idea he was like that.
And too bad about KT. He had season-ending surgery on his hand, and was released by the Pirates.
At 734 PM EDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar continued to
indicate a severe thunderstorm capable of producing penny size
hail... and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. This storm was
located near Virsoix..moving east at 28 mph.
We need Chyll Will to get us through this rain delay.
And that uni... reminds me of my LL uni, except the letters were royal purple. We couldn't even win for losing, that's for sure...
too bad pedro is starting game two.
The problem with blowing through the pen tonight is tomorrow is a doubleheader . . . so Traber gets sent down for someone (Patterson, Karstens, Igawa? (shudder)) to help during Giese's start if needed, then that someone gets demoted for Ponson? Then what happens? Does Giese have options? Ponson, I'm sure, does not. Is he one and done? Or do they finally DFA Moeller?
Giese has done too well to get sent packing.
No idea who's going to pitch. Veras pitched yesterday, but only one inning, so maybe he's good for another. Hawkins can't be ready yet after his 49 pitches on Tuesday. Ohlendorf threw 19 pitches yesterday, I guess he'd be okay for one. Edwar last pitched Tuesday (12 pitches). My guess:
4th and 5th: Ohlendorf
Rather than burn out one pitcher in a close game, just a moderate effort from a bunch of them.
The Pirates, meanwhile, have that pitcher they just traded for, Denny Bautista, who can go for a lot probably.
I also forgot that Matsui could go on the DL, which would make all of this simpler.
Man, that crosstown doubleheader tomorrow makes this rain delay brutal.
...be right back, that thought alone makes me want to go restock on beer...
To be honest, I'm just hoping the Yanks can split this weekend. My preference would be for them to win Game 1 at the Stadium and then Sunday simply because I loathe Oliver Perez.
Not a bad idea! Sacrifice the game, save the pen.
It wouldn't help for tonight's game, but if Yankee Stadium had a roof, there would be no need to play a day game tomorrow.
Anyone know the forecast/weather was this afternoon in Pittsburgh? So nice of them to not move the game to the day. I can't imagine this storm just appeared out of nowhere.
109 111 I bet he could handle 50 pitches!
118 Even Yankees-Mets doesn't do it for me anymore. 11 years ago, it was fresh and new and different. Now its linoleum-curling blah, just another over-hyped series that fuels the fish rags and the media machine. It might be different for you City dwellers, but I'd be perfectly happy never if the Yanks never played the Mets in the regular season again.
We'll probably end up getting tattooed by Andy Phillips...
It turns out that if you use your relief ace in the most effective way, his runs-prevented have triple the impact of a starter's. A starter adds one win for each 8 or 9 runs prevented. A reliever used in tie games or with a one run lead in late innings gives you an extra win for every 2.5 runs prevented.
Now, no manager has ever used a relief ace like that (James thinks Whitey Herzog basically understood the proper strategy). Even so, moving Joba to starter no longer seems like a no-brainer.
Let's be broad and assume you want a tie game or a lead going into the 7th inning. So far, I've found 9 games where the Yanks were tied or up by 1 going into the 7th, and ultimately won the game. I'll let you know if I find anymore.
You don't expect the game time to be moved from night to a weekday.
If the schedule went to 5 game series, while I haven't dont the math, I'm guessing it would save a dozen days or more. 19 game series could be 4 trips instead of 6. 10 game series could 2 trips instead of 3. That's a bunch of days saved.
For example, see the Orioles, and George Sherril's 26 saves on a team that has 39 wins. As a fantasy baseball player, I know this sort of thing happens every year- a crappy team has a valuable closer because they play a lot of close games.
anyways, still in shock that there is no roof in Minneapolis..that's beyond stupid..
Bonus Round Q: you're down to Oliver Perez and Kei Igawa to start Game 7...who would you choose?
127 Unless the weather forecast, a couple of days in advance, is for a huge storm the night of the game.
128 I'm no architect, but my understanding is that a retractable roof is simply not cheap, whatever the design.
Besides, how many rain outs in the NYC are there are year? This year, 1 so far. Last year, 2. In '06, 5. In '05, 1 (and it was in October). In '04, 4. So over the last 4 and a half years, the Stadium has averaged under 3 rainouts a year. Is that worth another $350-$500M? I doubt it.
132 To answer, I quote Pete Abe: "Melky has a good arm."
And again, the far cheaper solution is to rid the schedule of interleague play. More games against the other non-division AL teams, and so more opportunities to make those games up if needed.
138 That's the second time I've linked to the wrong post today.
Customs coming back to the U.S., however, are brutal.
When Derek Jeter falls one hit shy of breaking Pete Rose's all-time hits record, let's all remember this game....
Sorry, way off topic, I know.
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