Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Sunday Special: Look Out Below
2006-04-16 11:40
by Alex Belth

The Yanks hope to grab a win today before they leave for Toronto. A lackluster offensive outing on Friday night sperled Mike Mussina's decent outing while fortune was on the Twinkies side against Mariano yesterday. Wang vs. Radke today. Let's hope Wang gets some groundballs and that the infielders are positioned to gobble them up. As for Radke, well, let's just say that I expect the bats to be alive this afternoon for the Bombers.

Cliff adds:

Joe Torre has been rotating his corner men through the DH on the Homerdome Turf. Friday night it was Gary Sheffield with Bernie getting his first start in right since the Buck Showalter days. Last night it was Jason Giambi, who got to sit out against the lefty Santana with Miguel Cairo getting the start at first (1 for 4 with a double off Santana) and Andy Phillips getting his first start of the year at DH (0 for 4 with three Ks after being robbed of a home run to dead center off Santana by Torii Hunter). Today it's Hideki Matsui who will get to sit between at-bats, with either Bernie or Bubba taking his spot in left. This means that Giambi will be back at first with the groundballer Wang on the mound. Giambi has started in the field behind Wang in both of his starts this year with no ill effect, though it still seems as though Torre could have arranged things better to allow Giambi to DH behind Wang as Santana is hardly the sort of league average lefty against whom it makes sense to swap out Giambi, who, it goes without saying, is a superior hitter to both Cairo and Phillips. At any rate, it's getaway day and the Yankees have tomorrow off, so it's all in for the win this afternoon.

Comments (196)
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2006-04-16 12:03:34
1.   randym77
On YES, they just said Bernie would be playing CF, with Damon DHing.
2006-04-16 12:05:24
2.   Shaun P
Ugh. But I suppose if you're going to do it, do it with Wang on the mound. I'd rather see Bubba out there, but that's just me.
2006-04-16 12:05:28
3.   Stormer Sports
Happy Easter everyone.

I'm with Alex, I am thinking positive about the game today.

Let's hope they watched their fundamentals tapes from High School and have their heads on straight. No point in looking back now. But if they lose, let's hope it's because they get outplayed, not becuase they make silly mistakes. If nothing else, the game yesterday spurred some interesting debate, which, not surpisingly, was contentious but respectful.

Lets go Yankees! The power of the bunny is with you!

2006-04-16 12:36:07
4.   BklynBomber
Happy Easter, lads and lasses...

3 Same here, Storm. Ya just gotta throw last night out like it didn't happen. To a man, I'm sure everyone knew they let one get away and will be looking to take it out on someone today. I'm feelin' another 10 run outburst is on the way...

The Mutts are on the tube now, Shea fans chanting "Yankees suck"... Old joke (circa 1966):

"Yo, the Mets scored 24 runs today!"
"Oh, yeah? Did they win?"

Let's go Bombers!

2006-04-16 12:39:39
5.   Stormer Sports

You watching the Mets about to throw this one away?

"Yankees Suck" What is with that at Shea? Even I pull for them, given they are in the NL.

2006-04-16 12:41:02
6.   Stormer Sports
I have the package so they better wrap this thing up so it doesn't cut into the Yankee game.
2006-04-16 12:41:41
7.   BklynBomber
It's happening, Storm. The Brew Crew should have scored at least 8 times by now... Mutts luck is about to run out...
2006-04-16 12:42:44
8.   Stormer Sports
I have Wagner on my fantasy team do I hope they hang in there. I see Willie and Joe on the same page. Why use your closer in the 8th when you can lose the game instead?
2006-04-16 12:43:33
9.   Stormer Sports
Nice pitch!
2006-04-16 12:43:56
10.   BklynBomber
6 Same here. Are the Yanks on the same channel today? Mets are on 470 (Channel 10) here...
2006-04-16 12:44:31
11.   Stormer Sports
Wow, got out of it. I guess that's why they are 8-2 and we're not.
2006-04-16 12:45:05
12.   BklynBomber
Mets have been getting the breaks all day. That was a sweet pitch, tho...
2006-04-16 12:45:12
13.   Stormer Sports
INDEMAND has them both on the same channel, 538 here in LA.
2006-04-16 12:47:07
14.   Stormer Sports
The NL is the Mets to lose. Living on the west coast now I see how downright disgraceful the NL west is. Only real competetion is St Louis and we all know how they play in the post season. Should I say the Cardianls are the new Braves?
2006-04-16 12:47:32
15.   BklynBomber
Yeah, both on the same channel here, too. Which guarantees extra innings, of course...
2006-04-16 12:49:20
16.   Stormer Sports
Frank Robinson would yank this guy right now. Lead-off walk gets the hook. Loafing out of the box sits Sorianao, won't play left, ok then, we'll sit you all year, love Frank, love that guy.
2006-04-16 12:53:45
17.   BklynBomber
The Mets are solid. I can't see them missing the post season this year. NL West is a joke, wild card will probably come form the East, as well.

16 Yeah, Frank has become a crotchety old cuss, no patience with anyone anymore: umps, rookies, vets. Baseball needs more guys like him.

2006-04-16 12:54:51
18.   Stormer Sports
2 Walks, that's too funny. Youst let him out there, it's his own fault.
2006-04-16 12:55:22
19.   BklynBomber
How about a 3 run dinger right here so we get the Yank game on time?
2006-04-16 12:56:18
20.   Stormer Sports
This youngster works about as fast as Guidry in his last season. Throw the damn ball, I'm going to miss the Yankee game at this rate. Just throw it!
2006-04-16 12:58:39
21.   BklynBomber
Thank you, Carlos!
2006-04-16 12:58:59
22.   Stormer Sports
Oh hell yes! Youst and Torre, Torre and Youst, one in the same.
2006-04-16 13:02:55
23.   Stormer Sports
2 year contract, yikes. What does Franco eat?
2006-04-16 13:08:24
24.   Stormer Sports
Instead of airing the games on specific channels, why don't they have a menu that you can simply pull up the game that you want. Wouldn't that avoid this garbage?
2006-04-16 13:12:31
25.   BklynBomber
Yeah, this is BS. I can understand staying with a game in the two team's markets, but jeez, let the viewers decide...
2006-04-16 13:25:41
26.   Stormer Sports
Now I have the feed. Is it safe to assume we went down 1 2 3 in the first?
2006-04-16 13:26:12
27.   randym77
Fly balls off Wang are never a good sign.

And even the grounders are hard to chase down on this @#$% carpet.

2006-04-16 13:27:39
28.   randym77
26 Not quite. Damon got a single, but Jeter hit into a DP.
2006-04-16 13:29:46
29.   BklynBomber
26 From yahoo sports:

- J. Damon singled to center
- D. Jeter grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, J. Damon out at second
- G. Sheffield grounded out to pitcher

2006-04-16 13:30:42
30.   Stormer Sports

Way to go Arod. Just get some baserunners.

2006-04-16 13:33:46
31.   Stormer Sports
2006-04-16 13:33:53
32.   BklynBomber
Yeah, baby!!!!!!
2006-04-16 13:34:50
33.   randym77
All right! This is more like it...
2006-04-16 13:35:12
34.   BklynBomber
OK. everybody hits today! Everybody!
2006-04-16 13:38:32
35.   Stormer Sports
See RJ in the dugout? What is it about Posada that he doesn't like?
2006-04-16 13:38:48
36.   BklynBomber
This is how we're supposed to be swinging those bats. Good job, Robbie!
2006-04-16 13:40:10
37.   Stormer Sports
I do believe he was safe there, no?
2006-04-16 13:42:06
38.   Stormer Sports
Nope, not even close.
2006-04-16 13:44:22
39.   Stormer Sports
He Chin, it's hard to get ground balls when your pitches are all belt high!
2006-04-16 13:50:12
40.   BklynBomber
That was sweet justice!
2006-04-16 13:50:12
41.   Stormer Sports
There we go! At least Mats didn't throw the ball home.
2006-04-16 13:50:58
42.   rbj
Well, not a conventional groundball DP, but I'll take it.
2006-04-16 13:51:14
43.   BklynBomber
41 Thanks, Storm. Just sprayed my keyboard and monitor...
2006-04-16 13:52:53
44.   Stormer Sports

Don't worry, it's still early. Hideki Matsui's new book "Adventures in the Outfield" hits bookstores next week.

2006-04-16 13:53:46
45.   BklynBomber
If we can hold on here, the best news will be that we won't have to visit this Godforsaken joint again this year.
2006-04-16 13:55:35
46.   Stormer Sports
Good Sheff! I smell a hard hit ball right here. Come on Arod.
2006-04-16 13:58:56
47.   singledd
Yow.... this kid Shelton just hit his EIGHTH HR as Detroit takes Cleveland 1-0. Sux win another ONE run game. Shit. If their pitching holds up, it will be a tough season for us.
2006-04-16 14:02:14
48.   Stormer Sports
Nice play Arod!
2006-04-16 14:03:36
49.   BklynBomber
Wow! Whatever troubles A-Rod is having at the plate, he sure hasn't carried it onto the field. He's sparklin' over there at the hot corner...
2006-04-16 14:04:23
50.   singledd
BTW - Is anyone counting how many hits ARod has saved? He has been taking some hot smashes and turning them into outs. I guess no one has noticed.
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2006-04-16 14:04:51
51.   BklynBomber
Good job, Tiger! Now let's pad that lead!
2006-04-16 14:05:52
52.   Stormer Sports

I've sure noticed. Especially last year when he got the shaft on the Gold Glove. Scott Rolen is the only better 3rd baseman in the league.

2006-04-16 14:07:11
53.   BklynBomber
50 It seems like at least once per game, he makes a great play. On his way to a GG this year!
2006-04-16 14:07:11
54.   Mattpat11
Now believe me, I'll take it, but someone really has to explain the logic there. What is the positive of standing there and looking at strike three right down the middle? There was nothing tricky about that, it didnt dive into the zone at the last second, it wasn't borderline, it was strike three right down the middle. Why won't baseball players just effing swing?
2006-04-16 14:08:12
55.   Stormer Sports
Blow me Ump.
2006-04-16 14:10:20
56.   Stormer Sports
Joe is right about the 9th inning K's. Not to mention the call at the plate the day before. It's not just fans who hate the Yankees. Clearly this Umpiring crew does as well.
2006-04-16 14:11:05
57.   randym77
Olbermann at MSNBC predicts A-rod will be MVP again this year.
2006-04-16 14:13:19
58.   Stormer Sports

That will be tough to do. Guys like Thome and Hafner are nipping at his heels for sure.

2006-04-16 14:14:07
59.   Stormer Sports
I predict Olberman with be as patronizing and condesending as he always has been. Is there an award for that?
2006-04-16 14:15:00
60.   Mattpat11
The announcer is the Metrodome is annoying as all hell. Must she scream?
2006-04-16 14:17:07
61.   Mattpat11
White is right. His 4 for 44 wouldn't look nearly as hideous if it didnt start the year.
2006-04-16 14:18:16
62.   rabid stan
Wang K's his fourth...
2006-04-16 14:18:42
63.   Stormer Sports
In today's salary market, 12 mil. is way to much for Hunter. That's more than Pujols!
2006-04-16 14:19:12
64.   Stormer Sports
Nice throw!
2006-04-16 14:19:23
65.   randym77
Yeah, Jorgie!
2006-04-16 14:20:14
66.   BklynBomber
59 There's nothing worse than watching someone who tries way too hard to channel Dennis Miller.
2006-04-16 14:20:49
67.   Stormer Sports
Not mention, the Yankees could use an actual Center Fielder. Here's to hoping they decline the option.
2006-04-16 14:22:19
68.   Stormer Sports
I'm channeling Brian Cashman, "dont trade for Foulke, dont trade for Foulke, dont trade for Foulke."
2006-04-16 14:22:44
69.   Stormer Sports
Cano can, who can, CANO!
2006-04-16 14:22:45
70.   Stormer Sports
Cano can, who can, CANO!
2006-04-16 14:23:38
71.   Stormer Sports
Didn't Joe say something like "I'm not going to over-use Bernie?"
2006-04-16 14:25:28
72.   Stormer Sports
Jete, the anti-Damon!
2006-04-16 14:25:54
73.   BklynBomber
OK, Cap! Sh*t, I stepped out for a sec, did I miss a Robbie HR?
2006-04-16 14:26:45
74.   Stormer Sports
Sheff! Sheff! Sheff!
2006-04-16 14:26:54
75.   BklynBomber
Heads up running, IronMan!
2006-04-16 14:27:26
76.   Stormer Sports

It just barely made it over the fence about 6 inches fair of the pole in left.

2006-04-16 14:27:29
77.   BklynBomber
Alex is due...
2006-04-16 14:28:21
78.   randym77
Yes, you missed a Robby HR. It was barely one, but it was a home run. :-)
2006-04-16 14:28:24
79.   BklynBomber
Thanks, Storm. Sounds like the wind got under it ;-)
2006-04-16 14:28:33
80.   Stormer Sports
Hey at least the Twins fielders are in the camera shot on those foul balls. Sheff and Mats appear to be nowhere in sight.
2006-04-16 14:28:51
81.   seamus
Robbie's HR was a nice piece of hitting. Love how he goes the other way.
2006-04-16 14:29:39
82.   BklynBomber
78 Thanks, randym. We'll take it ;-)
2006-04-16 14:30:18
83.   Stormer Sports
Wait, did we get a 2 out hit that inning?
2006-04-16 14:31:56
84.   Stormer Sports
What do we have to do to get that clown out!
2006-04-16 14:32:17
85.   BklynBomber
You could see that one unfolding almost in slo-mo... nice try, Cap.
2006-04-16 14:32:18
86.   singledd
"It was barely one, but it was a home run".
In Yankess Stadium, that shot (347') is 12 rows back. 343 is pretty deep for a foul line. Twas a nice shot.

Cano has got a future!

2006-04-16 14:33:25
87.   BklynBomber
84 Trade Wright, Pavano and a bag of balls for him.
2006-04-16 14:36:19
88.   Stormer Sports
So, does Bowa get the job if Torre gets the hook? Or Mazzili?
2006-04-16 14:36:19
89.   randym77
Yes, Cano has looked really good so far this season. He's more patient at the plate, and less prone to goofy errors in the field.

To think they were gonna trade both him and Wang to Arizona as part of the Randy Johnson trade...

2006-04-16 14:36:57
90.   Stormer Sports
Nice play Cap!
2006-04-16 14:37:08
91.   BklynBomber
Wow! Nice execution on that one...
2006-04-16 14:37:55
92.   Stormer Sports
Time to plunk Morneu for coming in too hard and high at third!
2006-04-16 14:40:34
93.   Stormer Sports

Matsui abd "Adventures in the Outfield" hits bookstores next week.

Sorry Cal, but time to take some days off!

2006-04-16 14:40:43
94.   BklynBomber

Mats should really wait until the season is over before releasing his book. It'll be twice the size...

2006-04-16 14:43:06
95.   BklynBomber
Now maybe the offense will be reminded that the Twins are still playing this game, and they should, too...
2006-04-16 14:43:20
96.   seamus
Mats seems to be having some real mental struggles out there this year
2006-04-16 14:44:57
97.   randym77
Man, what a hit!
2006-04-16 14:45:23
98.   rbj
Nice shot Giambiner
2006-04-16 14:45:32
99.   BklynBomber
That's exactly what the f I'm takin' about! Goob job, Jason!
2006-04-16 14:45:51
100.   Stormer Sports
I dont remember him being so awful his first year. Did I miss something?

The book will be more of a box set.

Volume 1: Missed the cutoff man.
Volume 2: Oh Shit! Over my head.
Volume 3: Which base?
Volume 4: I'm supposed to get a good jump?
Volume 5: I lost my hat.
Volume 6: Turned me around again.
Volume 7: My future as a Designated hitter, I hope.

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2006-04-16 14:51:05
101.   Stormer Sports
Why is Chacon in the bullpen? WTF?
2006-04-16 14:51:37
102.   Stormer Sports
Jete Jete Jete!
2006-04-16 14:52:27
103.   BklynBomber
What a play by Derek Jeter!!!!
2006-04-16 14:52:56
104.   randym77
Matsui has always been kinda goofy in the outfield. Not bad, but every once in awhile he makes unbelievably klutzy errors.

It's kind of unusual to have this kind of goofup two days in a row, though. Maybe he's putting too much pressure on himself, trying to live up that new contract of his.

Wow, nice play by Jeter there.

2006-04-16 14:53:45
105.   singledd
Bernie's having a perfect day in CF.....
2006-04-16 14:54:11
106.   Stormer Sports
Joe, just let him go the distance.

We have only 4 starters and he wants to use Chacon out of the pen today?

2006-04-16 14:54:46
107.   singledd
and Bernie's perfect day continues...
2006-04-16 14:54:56
108.   yankz
Woohoo a quality start!
2006-04-16 14:55:42
109.   kdw
Heard somewhere that Chacon's spot in the rotation is being skipped because of the offday so maybe that's why he's in the bullpen today.
2006-04-16 14:56:07
110.   Stormer Sports

I agree completely. Bernie is no worse in Center than Damon. That's why I didn't understand the signing.

If you're going to sign a CF'er then sign one!

If you're going to sign a lead-off man, then sign one.

Don't sign someone who is mediocre at both.

2006-04-16 14:58:04
111.   randym77
109 Yes, they said they were going to do that before the game today. The Yankees have two days off this week, so there's some slack in the rotation.
2006-04-16 14:58:35
112.   BklynBomber
Don't get me wrong, I love Godzilla. Maybe it's a combination of the hairdoo and the slapstick coordination he sometimes exhibits out there — but sometimes I just look at him and think "Shemp".
2006-04-16 14:59:20
113.   Stormer Sports
I guess it's only fair. The Sox have Manny and Pena. We have Damon and Matsui.
2006-04-16 15:01:10
114.   Stormer Sports
Another garbage reliever signed by the Yankees instead of letting one of out AAA guys get a shot. Brilliant Cash, brilliant. He must also be looking to make a deal for Jorge Julio.
2006-04-16 15:01:29
115.   BklynBomber
113 Did you catch Willy Mo's 'assist' on that HR in right at Fenway the other day? Could have just as easily doinked him on the noggin, ala Canseco...
2006-04-16 15:01:47
116.   rabid stan
Sheff isn't exactly a prize out there either.
2006-04-16 15:02:54
117.   BklynBomber
OK, the table is set. Let's bring 'em around, Sheff!
2006-04-16 15:03:18
118.   Stormer Sports

I saw it. He let one go to the wall today for a triple, almost cost them the game.

116 I give Sheff a pass because of his arm. Although I would have been perfectly happy with Bubba in Center this year.

2006-04-16 15:04:46
119.   Stormer Sports
So Mauer is human!
2006-04-16 15:04:59
120.   BklynBomber
Sweet. That usually happens to us...
2006-04-16 15:05:59
121.   BklynBomber
Good AB, Sheff. Now let's pick up Cap, A-Rod!
2006-04-16 15:07:06
122.   BklynBomber
Oh, yes!!!!! That was coming all game.
2006-04-16 15:07:26
123.   Stormer Sports

Arod Arod! Well we did already have the lead, I kind of expected it.

2006-04-16 15:08:19
124.   Stormer Sports
Live by the HR, die by the HR.
2006-04-16 15:09:04
125.   BklynBomber
Nice try for a WebGem™ there...
2006-04-16 15:09:22
126.   Stormer Sports
Andy Phillips, Andy Fox, Andy Cap.
2006-04-16 15:10:24
127.   Stormer Sports
What's with that Kiddy Porn water add behind the plate?
2006-04-16 15:12:18
128.   BklynBomber
Pour it on, fellas...
2006-04-16 15:12:22
129.   Stormer Sports
A Bubba sighting!
2006-04-16 15:14:05
130.   BklynBomber
127 That's why this guy can't find the plate...
2006-04-16 15:14:43
131.   BklynBomber
Sick bastard ;-)
2006-04-16 15:15:38
132.   Stormer Sports

And it appears Joe doesn't believe this team can come back and beat us.

2006-04-16 15:16:36
133.   rabid stan
Tough 2/3 for Guerrier. The Yanks squeezed almost as many pitches out of him as they did out of Radke through four.
2006-04-16 15:17:01
134.   Stormer Sports
Come on Robbie, put this one to bed, we need a 10 run cushion for the bullpen!
2006-04-16 15:17:43
135.   JeremyM
Well, our defense will be a lot better now.
2006-04-16 15:19:02
136.   Stormer Sports

Be happy. We could have Delgado and his buffoonery at 1st instead of Giambi.

2006-04-16 15:20:02
137.   BklynBomber
Missed Cano's AB. What happened?
2006-04-16 15:21:03
138.   Stormer Sports
Does anyone know this. Is Moose the highest paid pitcher in the league this year at 19 mil.?
2006-04-16 15:21:26
139.   Stormer Sports
Bklyn, chopper up the middle, force at second.
2006-04-16 15:22:59
140.   BklynBomber
Thanks, Storm...

Great outing by Wang, just what we needed today.

2006-04-16 15:24:35
141.   BklynBomber
Where was that?
2006-04-16 15:24:58
142.   Stormer Sports
2006-04-16 15:26:04
143.   rabid stan
K'd 8 through seven. Is that new for him?
2006-04-16 15:26:31
144.   randym77
Geez, Wang is looking better than ever. How many pitches has he thrown?
2006-04-16 15:26:55
145.   Stormer Sports

New career high for Wang. 6 was the mark.

2006-04-16 15:27:23
146.   Stormer Sports
"I will not over-use Bernie"
2006-04-16 15:27:42
147.   BklynBomber
144 Not sure, I think it's somewhere in the 80's...
2006-04-16 15:29:39
148.   Stormer Sports
I think its 89.
2006-04-16 15:31:31
149.   BklynBomber
Looks like Wang's night is over...
2006-04-16 15:32:28
150.   randym77
USA Today says 98 pitches, 66 strikes. 13 ground balls, 4 fly balls.
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2006-04-16 15:33:43
151.   Stormer Sports
El Duque in the 6th giving up 1 run. Why is he not back on the Yankees, at least in the bullpen. All he's done is help us win rings, Chicago win a ring! Yea, sign Villone and Mendoza, that loser we signed yesterday from Tampa, Cash, brilliant you munchkin.
2006-04-16 15:34:32
152.   BklynBomber
150 The Tiger Wang we know and love...
2006-04-16 15:35:38
153.   Stormer Sports
Oh, and El Duque has 8 K's to boot.
2006-04-16 15:36:11
154.   JeremyM
Stormer, Villone has been good and Mendoza has been solid in AAA and might help us yet (and he helped us win a few rings as well). As far as Duque, do you really want him back? The guy's in his 40s or so.
2006-04-16 15:36:28
155.   Stormer Sports
Matsui wouldn't even have been in that Camera shot.
2006-04-16 15:37:01
156.   Stormer Sports
Does Kaye really believe that Pavano will come back? Seriously, come on.
2006-04-16 15:38:11
157.   BklynBomber
151 Uffh! I don't know why we continued to give up on El Duque. This guy will be on major league rosters for the next 10 years.
2006-04-16 15:38:16
158.   Stormer Sports
Kaye actually said "The Yanks have an abundance of starting pitchers."
2006-04-16 15:38:59
159.   rbj
Damn, it looks like I'm going to have to plant shrubs, do laundry and make supper for the week every Yankee game this year. I've seen probably two total innings.
2006-04-16 15:41:15
160.   Stormer Sports

Because Cashman is a buffoon. A monkey could make the deals he makes. They are all obvious to the untrained or trained eye. Show me something smart, like signing Duque, or David Ortiz some years back, even Frank Thomas, something that's not simple as pie. If anyone should be shit-canned, its certainly Cashman.

2006-04-16 15:43:08
161.   randym77
Maybe Chacon should stick to starting...
2006-04-16 15:43:24
162.   Levy2020
On a team with a 12 man staff, how do you let your fourth starter enter a blowout game? I don't care about this rotation business - it's too bizarre for me!
2006-04-16 15:43:46
163.   BklynBomber
Why is Chacon nitpicking here? I know he needs some work, but put the ball over the plate, willya?
2006-04-16 15:44:39
164.   Stormer Sports
I would have yanked him after the walk.
2006-04-16 15:45:47
165.   Stormer Sports
Has he even thrown a fastball yet?
2006-04-16 15:47:14
166.   Stormer Sports
That was just stupid. Wang could have gotten to the lefty. Just made no sense.
2006-04-16 15:48:10
167.   Stormer Sports
Even after a win, I feel like I have to take a shower to wash Joe Torre off me!
2006-04-16 15:48:45
168.   JeremyM
Stormer you do know the Yanks are up 9-3, right:)

Man, I remember when they signed White, I really thought he'd be a big piece of the puzzle.

2006-04-16 15:51:01
169.   BklynBomber
Anyone feel like the Twinkies could actually be in position to have the tieing run at the plate in the 9th?
2006-04-16 15:51:52
170.   JeremyM
OK, now I'm getting worried. And didn't Proctor throw 4 innings or so just yesterday?
2006-04-16 15:52:03
171.   nick
Christ, everything about our bullpen is just infuriating.....
2006-04-16 15:52:06
172.   BklynBomber
Blow this "stadium" up right after the game!
2006-04-16 15:52:21
173.   Stormer Sports
HR and its a 2 run game. Good move yanking Wang, real smart. Never assume a win! First Chacon, now Myers, and Proctor warming. Instead of resting the bullpen and getting Wang a CG, you do this shit!

Great defense by Phillips! So he can't hit, he can't field, I can see why you guys are so high on him. He's a stud!

2006-04-16 15:53:11
174.   BklynBomber
Whew! 'nuff said.
2006-04-16 15:54:04
175.   Stormer Sports
Does your name have to be Randy Jounson to throw more than 90 pitches with an off day on deck? I know how tired Wang must be at his age, sheesh!
2006-04-16 15:54:49
176.   yankz
Wang threw a gem.

I wanted to score less than 9 :(

2006-04-16 15:56:13
177.   Stormer Sports
2006-04-16 15:57:46
178.   rbj
Wang does have an injury plagued shoulder, no reason to keep him in a game so long unless necessary, like 1-0.
2006-04-16 15:59:16
179.   BklynBomber
I hate this place...
2006-04-16 16:00:56
180.   Stormer Sports
At least we send them away with a tired
2006-04-16 16:02:17
181.   randym77
I think pulling Wang out was the right thing to do. He tired early in his previous two games, when his pitch count was about 80. He was up to 98 pitches. No need to push him, at least not in this game.
2006-04-16 16:09:21
182.   rabid stan
Ok. Time to get the hell out of the Metrodome!

Seriously, it's so bad, I wish the Twins played in the NL so I would never have to see it.

2006-04-16 16:11:01
183.   singledd
Another for ARod!
2006-04-16 16:12:45
184.   Stormer Sports
Should have contracted them when we had the chance. Along with Toronto and Tampa. If they can build outdoor grass stadiums in Clevaland, Pittsburgh and Detriot, they can certainly do it in Minneapolis, Tampa Bay and Toronto.
2006-04-16 16:13:54
185.   singledd
Ouch... he will be wearing 2 cups tomorrow...
2006-04-16 16:15:00
186.   Stormer Sports
Oh I forgot, Minnestota's owner has more money than George. Why would he want to spend any of his own money to build a stadium and team that competes? No wonder everyone hates George, he has spent, and spends his own money and the other owners dont like it.
2006-04-16 16:16:48
187.   Stormer Sports

Well, the 2006 motto is clear: "one out of three aint bad."

2006-04-16 16:16:57
188.   rbj
And that's a W.
Get to watch the highlights on BBTN.
2006-04-16 18:54:37
189.   wsporter
It looked like Wang had his breaking stuff working today. His velocity seemed to be good too. If Chacon can straighten out, with the way Johnson and Moose have looked, this could be pretty good. 10 plus runs in the wins and less than 3 in the losses; got to find a happy medium.

It's good to get out of that glorified hefty bag, that place is awful.

2006-04-16 21:43:50
190.   BklynBomber
1B Carlos Peña was just signed, along with RHP Jesus Colome.

Peña was once slated to be the 'can't miss' replacement for Giambi in Oaktown, when the A's knew they couldn't match any offer Jason would get on the FA market in 2002. He was ran out of here with pitiful numbers at the plate, which belied his minor league stats... traded to the Tigers.

Slick glove, etc., but from all accounts, a 'character' guy. Great story about his upbringing/family in the local papers a few years back, which I can't find online just yet. We could do worse on a few levels.

2006-04-16 22:00:16
191.   joejoejoe
189 '10 plus runs in the wins and less than 3 in the losses'

It would be interesting to take all the sacrifices and smallball tactics that Torre has employed this year and plug in an average "hit away" result. The Jeter sacrifice from last night comes to mind - you trade a 30% chance of driving in Damon for a zero percent chance with a sacrifice bunt. You can fault Shef and A-Rod for not coming thru but by playing for one run sometimes you only get one run (or none).

I wonder how big of a sample you need to see evidence of Torre choking off possible runs in tight games by playing small ball with Hall of Famers with .500+ slugging percentages.

2006-04-17 03:16:42
192.   mikeplugh
191 joejoejoe

I wrote about the bunt at Canyon of Heroes, and I think I made a fairly convincing case for why you bunt in that situation. I know we're going to agree to disagree on this one, but it's not as open and shut a bad decision as many people think.

There are a couple of main reasons why I don't hate a sac bunt in that situation.

1. You can score the runner on a wild pitch, passed ball, ground out, fly out, error, balk, and hit.

2. The ONLY way the guy scores from second is a hit. Jeter may hit .315 career, but Sheffield hits .297, plus he gets 8 or 9 sac flies a year, and Rincon throws about 4 wild pitches a season. Joe Mauer had 5 errors in 116 games and 6 passed balls.

To me your chances aren't so bad. It didn't work out so it looks bad, but personally I'd do it again. Maybe I'm an idiot. ;)

2006-04-17 07:17:27
193.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Well, consider the Yankee's situation if Wang gets hurt again, i think it's wise to pull him early....

Actually this bullpen is a lot better than the garbage last year... really though last year after Struze broke down and Small moved to starting... did we even have a bullpen before the 8/9 inning?

Wang found he's long lost slider and added a few nifty split finger and change ups in between ... with that dominating sinker if he can throw a few other good breaking pitch to mix he can be really really difficult to beat... and glad to see that he finally found some control after and wasn't up in the zone that often and practically never after the line drive double play ball.

at 151, yeah the Yankees have an abundance of pitchers... they simply have a lack of pitchers that can actually start and doesn't break he's butt from sitting on the bench.

Seriously though, this was a really feel good game, Wang seem to always get those for the Yanks early last season, really turning the whole moral of the club around, this outting have a simliar effect too, espically with the incredible defense plays (in the infield anyway ...)

Seriously god, this outfield today can make a run at the SF giants outfield in terms of age (Bonds Alou and Finely.. lord they might as well put three enlarged gloves on the ground)... lucky we didn't get too many bloopers out there today (well Wang doesn't typically give that kind of balls anyway)

I guess it's nice to give Chacon a little extra work, now that Wang seem to have finally gotten in rythem all we need is Chacon to get into the groove and then we're ready to explode.

The downside of this game though (if you can call it that) is that again the Yankees only win when they score 9 runs or more ack.

2006-04-17 09:03:45
194.   JMEnglish
Is Wang by now the second best starter for the Yankees?

Take care,

2006-04-17 09:15:52
195.   Schteeve
The Yankees don't only win when they score 9 runs or more. They only win when they score 5 runs or more. That's a trend that's been going on for about 2.5 seasons now. It's a symptom of having mediocre pitching.
2006-04-17 14:31:16
196.   herlihy
Anyone want Radtke? Anyone? We won't ask much for him...

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