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Matsui's HR was huge, coming of a pitcher, Shouse, who he had been 0-10 against.
Why Torre would use Sturtze for a second inning after the Yankees were up by six is the reason he needs to be fired.
Anyway, great win, great sweep. Chacon is shaping up as a great acquisition, he's been far better than I ever dreamed. Hopefully Wright is strong tomorrow, because Small has been great for us so far and doesn't deserve the demotion.
Torre's FO had a very bad winter. Maybe their worst in recent history. Now Torre has 4 starters on the DL, all for about 1/2 the season or more. FOUR. While I also question some of his moves, he has very little to work with and walks a tightrope everyday. All in all considered, he hasn't done that bad.
With all the problems we've had, if RJ was at least above average this year, we would be very close to 1st.
We just won our 5th in a row, sweeping Texas. Oakland and Cleveland lose, and the Sox are down (but might get off with a rainout). A pretty good weekend,
Boston is overdue for a little skid, so hopefully we can pick up a game or two this week.
How many here were surprised that Torre let Proctor still pitch when he let two baserunners on in the 9th? I thought Torre'd pull him and bring in Gordon.
Still, I'm happy the Yankees pulled off this sweep.
The analogy between a starter's IP and a reliever's IP is inapt.
A starter usually goes six or seven innings. A reliever goes one or two. That is the workload to which they have become accustomed to.
It's like trying to assert that today's starters should be able to pitch on three days rest, as was once the case, and be part of a four man rotation in the absence of a period of adjustment, because that was once the norm.
Pitchers have preset roles.
The best way to boost Sturtze's confidence would be for him to be used judiciously, not foolishly, as Torre is prone to do.
The Yankees' payroll is $50+ million higher than the next highest team's payroll. Torre has done his best to negate that advantage.
If the Yankees win the WS it will be because they have overcome the Torre handicap.
I dunno about 'people smarter than us', either. I always question hacks who are paid to have a 'take' before a deadline. Their (more often off-base than accurate) screed seems to get picked up by bloggers and blog posters alike, yet always disappears without explanation when it is wrong.
I'm not by any means defending every move Torre has made this year but Jesus H. Christ he's been dealt a short hand this season and the team is still in play.
If RJ was half of his former self, if Wright was never signed in the first place, if Brown (remember him?) didn't put us in a 8 run hole after 2 innings every start, if Pavano wasn't Ed Whitson II, if Jeter hit better than .250 w/RISP, if Moose could go 7 each time with us in the game, if Cash isn't put in the position of signing May, Nomo and Kaat, and if the bench is lacking a Tony Clark, Olerud, Cairo, etc just blame Joe for the pitching.
Sweet Lou, you listenin'? Never mind, you've been through this. My bad.
So who are we demoting to make room for Wright? I really hope it is Franklyn, he is a disaster waiting to happen.
Regardless of the hand Torre has been dealt, he cannot escape blame for the ineffectiveness of this bullpen: it is a direct consequence of his distribution of the workload. And Tony Womack's final number of PA's and number of ABs at number 2 negate any consideration for manager of the year.
A question for those calling for his head: Who would you rather manage? and it has to be realistic, as in someone the Yankees could actually hire. I honestly can't think of anyone I'd really prefer, but that's just me.
I think that Torre does deserve a lot of the crap that he is getting on these message boards. He has never been a tactical genius. I can think of a few managers who would be better than Torre(Dierker, Weaver, Valentine(Don't want him, though)) at the tactical level.
I am more concerned about who Stein and co. would hire. Therefore, I am not calling for his head, I just want him to improve his in-game moves.
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