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The Realness
2008-06-28 20:52
by Alex Belth
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Mr. Freeze was at it again today--making it look easy at the end of a long afternoon that included a rain delay.  The Yankees did their part against Johan Santana (7-7) who was good, not great, giving up three runs in six innings.  Good enough to lose.  The home plate ump didn't help him any, either.  Andy Pettitte (9-5) was better, allowing two runs over six, solo shots to David Wright and Ramon Castro respectively.  

Jose Reyes got himself picked off of second base with another runner on first and David Wright at the plate in the fifth.  It was the play of the game.  Yesterday, Emma wrote that the Yankees left runners on base like it was going out of style.  Today, the Mets had plenty of Girbaud's sagging around the bases.  Carlos Beltran whiffed four times.  Veras and Farnsworth held the Mets in check in the seventh and eighth and then came Rivera, who has been as automatic as he's ever been in his long career. 

Carlos Delgado was first and Rivera fed him string of cutters.  Delgado got good wood on one of them but it was a pitch designed to be hit foul.  With two strikes, Rivera showed no mercy; instead of trying to freeze Delgado with a fastball on the outsider corner, he buried another cutter in on the hands.  It looked like a wicked, late-breaking slider and Delgado had no chance, swinging over it and catching nothing but a breeze.  Fernando Tatis was next, he took the first two pitches, and found himself ahead 2-0.  But Rivera evened the count and then got Tatis to hit a soft fly ball to Abreu for the second out.  Trot Nixon was last and he went quickly--swinging at two inside cutters and then looking at a fastball on the outside corner. 

It wasn't fair but it was swift.  Twelve pitches, ten strikes, 0.74 ERA. When he's on his game, Rivera truly is The Unfair One.

Yankees 3, Mets 2.

Andy and Mo are a good combination, you could look it up


2008-06-28 21:56:15
1.   tommyl
So after all the doom and gloom after game 1 yesterday from various people, we've got a chance to take the series tomorrow and we beat Santana. Not too shabby. Oh and the Sox lost a squeeker.

In other news, Jered Weaver lost a no hit game Andy Hawkins style.

2008-06-28 22:10:20
2.   weeping for brunnhilde
"The Unfair One."

What are we going to do when Mariano and Andy go gently into that good night?

We're truly blessed to have these guys.

I almost want to start weeping thinking about the fact we won't have them forever.

Can we keep Andy for next year?

2008-06-28 22:13:29
3.   tommyl
1 Actually its worse for Weaver. Apparently Sciocia pinch hit for him in the 7th, so relievers finished the last 2 innings. Someone please tell me how the no DH rule is good? NL style baseball means lifting a pitcher who is currently throwing a no hitter? Sign me up! Who cares about those no hitter things anyways.
2008-06-28 22:14:17
4.   tommyl
2 The important question is, how can we survive without Joba pitching the 8th?!!!!! Joel Sherman and the M&M boys must be having conniptions.
2008-06-28 22:37:12
5.   Eirias
Can you imagine the collective apoplexy that would occur if the Yankees lost while their pitcher threw a no-hitter, as the Angels did today? The pitchforks would be out.
2008-06-28 22:38:11
6.   Eirias
1 ,3 ,5 ...
2008-06-28 22:55:46
7.   nick
3 he'd thrown 97 pitches through 6--so his manager was gonna have to leave him in for 130-40 pitches to finish it--Scoscia was probably relieved to have to ph...
2008-06-28 23:30:10
8.   monkeypants
3 "Someone please tell me how the no DH rule is good? NL style baseball means lifting a pitcher who is currently throwing a no hitter?"

Actually, I think this is petty cool. The goal is to win games, not worry about no hitters (as interesting and rare as they may be). Scoscia actually had to make a tough managerial call, he had the balls to pull a pitcher because he valued winning (team goal) over a no-hitter (individual achievement). A nice lesson in that.

2008-06-29 05:01:51
9.   vockins
I don't watch the Mets regularly, but yesterday was the third time I've seen Reyes get picked off at second this season. Has he been picked off at second more than that, or have I just happened to see every game that he's been caught out there? Good lord.
2008-06-29 06:04:54
10.   RIYank
In fact, it wasn't even a no-hitter, not even a combined no-hitter. Because the Dodgers didn't have to bat in the ninth, so the Angels only got 24 outs.
Read the debate about whether this is true to the spirit of baseball scoring, over at Dodger Thoughts.
2008-06-29 06:09:40
11.   JL25and3
10 It's complete nonsense.
2008-06-29 07:42:33
12.   mehmattski
8 Despite my feelings about the DH, I actually agree with you. Think of it this way: would you rather see the Yankees get no-hit and win, or see a Yankees pitcher throw a no-hitter and lose? As someone whose first Yankee memories include the Andy Hawkins game (I was not yet six years old), I know which one I'd pick....

...Just think, if the media/blog coverage of today was present in 1990, Jim Leyritz would have been run out of town with torches and pitch forks. Then who would have hit that home run in Atlanta in 1996???

2008-06-29 08:24:05
13.   ms october
0 Well, I be Puba on this here ...
Girbaud's hanging baggy
Tommy Hilfiger top gear
Take no shorts
I'm doin lovely in all sports

man alex, girbauds.

i have seen the highlight of andy picking off reyes a half a dozen or so times this morning - and robbie played a big part in getting that out

2008-06-29 08:27:41
14.   cult of basebaal
perhaps Mo enters to the wrong Metallica song ... it ought be "The Thing That Should Not Be"
2008-06-29 08:53:33
15.   mehmattski
Fearless wretch
He watches
Lurking beneath the sea
Timeless sleep
Has been upset
He awakens
Hunter of the shadows is rising
In madness you dwell

Not dead which eternal lie
Stranger eons death may die

Drain you of your sanity
Face the thing that should not be

2008-06-29 08:55:36
16.   cult of basebaal
15 heh! between that and picking up on Lemmiwinks, i owe you a coke!
2008-06-29 09:15:17
17.   weeping for brunnhilde
8 Agreed, and well said.
2008-06-29 09:15:36
18.   mehmattski
Hey, the 1995 ALDS Game 5 is on ESPN Classic right now! Who wants pain???
2008-06-29 09:17:37
19.   weeping for brunnhilde
14 Sounds like Grendel, maybe, or even Grendel's Mother.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

2008-06-29 09:48:33
20.   cult of basebaal
19 grendel was a puppy compared to some of the things that crawled out of HP Lovecraft's noggin:

2008-06-29 09:51:09
21.   cult of basebaal
lineup's in:

Damon LF
Jeter SS
Rodriguez 3B
Posada 1B
Betemit 2B
Cabrera CF
Molina C
Christian RF
Rasner RHP

now there's a new look lineup

sometimes i think joey joe joe overthinks these things ...

2008-06-29 10:00:51
22.   weeping for brunnhilde
20 Nice.


2008-06-29 10:02:36
23.   weeping for brunnhilde
What the fuck kind of lineup is that?

Is Robby sick or something?

He's hitting these days, is he not?

Jorgie at first? Wtf?

Has Joe done this this year?

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