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The first of two will be played in the Bronx. Then, a trek cross town for the night game at Shea. I'm hoping the Yanks come away with a split this weekend.
No Matsui or Damon, even with a righty starter. Posada starting at C (not DH), which means he won't start tonight.
14 Yeah, I don't know what's up with that...
At least Pelfrey threw 29 pitches.
For years and years he strikes out on that pitch and suddenly he's able to fight it off and dunk it into left field?
Why has it taken so long?
I love it.
We shoulda traded Melky while he was hot.
Radar guns in general aren't all that reliable in a small mph range. Small variations like the type of gun, or say, where the operator is positioned can have big effects on the final reading. Guns give you a ballpark, so you know Joba throws harder than Andy and Moose, but after that its hard to tell if his 98 is faster than his 97.
But, Giese gets out of it. Nice.
That action down and away is perfectly suited to Robby's strength.
i also think ponson is going to bomb - i witnessed it live the last time he was with the yanks - which was truly miserable - but as the mets announcers have pointed out they have 4 or 5 automatic outs too, so hopefully the damage is someone limited to wright and beltran
UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: Does anybody else find Melky Cabrera (.317 OBP) a curious choice to hit leadoff? I realize Damon can't play both games on a sore foot. But Jeter? I'd even put Abreu there.
Derek Jeter has played in all 62 games. He has hit .386 against the Mets with a .437 OBP and 26 RBI.
Does Jeter ever get a day off?
i know a lot of people like the mets booth but i am finding keith hernadez annoying.
Jeter proves my point 88 right on cue.
But the point still stands: Posada will only play one game today (he could have DH in game 1 and C in game 2). Giambi will only play one game in the field. Damon will only play 1 game.
I'm glad Jeter will play in both games given that every one else seems to be getting a rest. Still, it would be nice if got a day off, or even a couple of days at DH (especially with Matsui headed to the DL).
90 ah but elaine and jerry soured on him too.
Great hitting by Robby, great fielding by Reyes.
This is some ballgame.
i even had a new nickname ready for robbie, "The Ripper", because when he gets hot, he's always slashing the ball somewhere!
103 Well, three runs scored, all on walks, bloops, infield hits and ground outs. Not a home run to be seen. You must be ecstatic!
This is baseball!
And nice, nice baserunning by Derek to tag on Abreu's ball.
This is one sweet baseball game.
OK, now I really am leaving.
I saw him pitch a game for Scranton back in April. I thought I was getting Alan Horne, but Horne pitched only two innings, then went on the DL. Giese had an ERA of about 1.5 at the time.
If he is bunting for a hit, fine, but I don't think he was there. Especially now that his bat is heating up.
So I think that 4 for 14 is a perfectly reasonable number to expect from this lineup.
I have no complaints about the team's performance with the sticks today.
Pelfry's pitching a good game and the Yanks are scratching and clawing.
They've taken a winning approach at the plate.
c'mon edwar, prove that fat bastard wrong!
I don't think there is a way to replace Wang (which is why you don't send him on that play, but I digress). Unless the Yankees get incredibly lucky as they did with Chacon and Small, things don't look very good.
There's no team in the league with 5 lights out relievers in their pen.
That's it. Bring on Aaron Heilman, please. And Duaner Sanchez.
And most appropriately to your definition: Broxton had a 10 game stretch this year when he gave up 9 runs.
Am I cherry picking stats? Absolutely. But so are you when you say that Edwar is "inconsistent." To me, there are only good pitchers and bad pitchers. Edwar is in the former group this season.
1. Struck out with the bases loaded in the first. (3 LOB)
2. Popped out to second with two on in the second. (2 LOB)
3. Grounded out with two on in the fourth. (2 LOB)
4. Flied out with a man on first in the sixth (1 LOB)
5. Reached on an error with a man on second in the seventh.
6. Singled with a man on first in the ninth.
Joba (Reliever): 31%
Ross Ohlendorf, on the other hand, is a Bad Reliever.
I am sorry I can't be more of an optimist, but the handwriting of this debacle was on the wall from early on. Pretty soon, the main topic of discussion very well might be what veterans to trade.
How do middle relievers get to have a large body of work, anyway? By being crucified as soon as they have a couple bad outings?
Including the rest of the game after Wang got injured, the Yankees team ERA: 2.81.
Hey, there's no guarantees that Pedro is going to be Pedro Martinez tonight either.
Now, do I think they are so bad they have no shot at all? Of course not. A lot of things can happen. IPK and Hughes could come back strong. Bruney could return and shore up the pen. Robertson could come up and dominate. The Sox could lose Dice-K for a longer period, Ortiz could not make it back, etc. This is just one game, tonight is two. If they lose it sucks but I'm not ready to throw the season away and start declaring the writing was on the wall the moment Wang got hurt. They won in '96 without Cone for most of the year.
Man, this could be a misbegotten weekend.
Alex's dinger was some shot as well. The Yanks had that sombitch on the ropes early, but more of the same, couldn't kill him. Not that it would have mattered the way Giese and company pitched.
What the hell do people see in Ross Ohlendorf?
249 Last year, Ross Ohlendorf was a pitcher with good stuff who had success when he was converted from being a mediocre starter. He was a better option than going after another veteran BellyFullofGuts guy, something you are consistently against. He's cheap, and easily replaced with someone who can step in and show a better job.
Now is that time. Ohlendorf, unlike Ramirez, has shown no stretches of brilliance. I expect to see Robertson within the next few weeks.
Before everyone pronounces the return of Delgado, they need to realize who has been pitching in this game.
Why is Mo warming up?
What bugs me about this game is that, from a historical perspective, I just wanted to win the last ever game against the Muts at the old stadium. I realize we have them in world series titles, pennants, the 2000 series and head-to-head regular season games, but I just hate having them come to our park and crush us.
I think it would be nice if Girardi made the equipment guys take the "Final Season" patches off the team's uniforms. Frankly, with this kind of effort, they don't deserve to wear them.
On another note, I'd pitch Latroy the rest of this game and then DFA him and call up Robertson.
The way I see it, we don't have a $200,000,000 team. If you take Giambi, who would be lucky to be making $5,000,000 on the open market, Abreu at $10,000, Jeter at $12,000,000, Pettitte who we overpaid to keep, Rivera who we overpaid to keep, Posada who we overpaid to keep, and Damon at $8,000,000, subtract $10,000,000 for Pavano, we basicailly have a $120,000,000 payroll with no pitching. Granted we should be able to win with that, the Angels do not seem to have a problem, even considering the joke division they play in.
We did come into this season with huge question marks on four of our five starters. Even so, taking talent only and ignoring payroll, the Yankees are right about where they should be this season, unless they start running the bases better, play better defense, and pitch at league average or better, they are in trouble.
In other words, our talent doesn't dicate that we be in first or second place in this division.
So I'm not terribly disappointed this season. I really wasn't expecting much.
I will say that if the Yankees fall out of it, I will be leading the Ray bandwagon for the playoffs.
So for the Yankees to be the Yankees, they pay a heavy premium. Lots of teams have spent big bucks and been disappointed. Sexson. Beltre. Zito. (Maybe) Nancy. Sori in a few years? And there are more. Again, this is the price of trying to Win.
So on a Bang for the Buck level, we can be very critical. But as fans, we are blessed. Know anyone who saw Ruth play? Mantle? Well, we have ARod. Will any of us be at the Stadium when his breaks Bond's record? Jeter and his posse of phat actresses? We wouldn't want to have missed him. Mo and Po in a different uniform? Andy opening up the new Stadium?
And Jason. GOTTA LUV THE BIG LUG. For all the shit he has taken, he is the only active player to man-up about his steroid use. The only one NOT to lie to Congress. To be creamed with a smorgasbord of injuries in 2004, including an intestinal parasite and a tumor... on TOP of steroid withdrawal, only to make Comeback Player of the Year in 2005 with a .971 OPS. He's a great story and a great guy. He's a character and good for this team. He is.... The Stache!
So let others make fun of us and our bloated payroll, but we, the fans, should be very greatful, that for the Yankees, baseball is not JUST a business.
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