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Kansas City Royals
2006-05-26 12:45
by Cliff Corcoran
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The Kansas City Royals have lost their last thirteen games. In April they had a streak of eleven straight losses. They've won just ten games all year. All totaled, they have a 10-35 record. That's a .222 winning percentage. While the Royals aren't quite that bad, even their Pythagorean winning percentage, a comparatively robust .261, would rank as the sixth worst since 1901, the twenty-first sub-.300 winning percentage in those 106 seasons, and just the fourth since 1945.*

Amazingly, the Royals, who are scoring an average of 3.78 runs per game, do not have the most inept offense in baseball. That distinction is held by the Cubs, who may soon add Tony Womack to the mix. Of course, the Cubs should also get Derrek Lee back in about a month, which should vault them past the Royals. The Royals, meanwhile, are playing without Mike Sweeney and David DeJesus, but the former is frequently disabled anyway and the latter has been sufficiently replaced by Shane Costa. No, what's really dragging the Royals down is their pitching. The Royals are allowing 6.36 runs per game, which is to say that their pitching is so bad that it makes every team they face look like the pre-injury Yankees. Indeed, the Royals are on pace to allow 1030 runs this year, which would make them the first team since the 1999 Rockies and the first sea-level team since the 1996 Tigers, who lost 109 games while playing their home games in hitter-friendly Tiger Stadium, to allow more than a thousand runs in a single season.

Tonight the Royals will start Scott Elarton, the only Royals pitcher who has thrown enough innings to qualify for the ERA title thus far this season. Elarton has walked more men than he's struck out this year and has yet to register a win, in part due to receiving just 3.3 runs of support per game (he does have four quality starts in ten tries).

The Yankee line-up he faces will be without Jorge Posada, who had an MRI yesterday that revealed a torn hamstring tendon. Posada has not been put on the DL, yet, but the Yankees are expected to call up either Wil Nieves or Koyie Hill to back-up Kelly Stinnett, which likely means Matt Smith will be on his way back to Columbus. I hope he didn't bother unpacking. Neither Nieves nor Hill has hit a lick in Columbus this year. Alarmingly, Nieves, who has slugged just .289 thus far (yes, that's actually his slugging percentage in triple-A), is clearly the better choice. Get well soon, Jorge!

With Posada out of commission, Stinnett will be catching Mike Mussina for the second time this season. Their last pairing was this past Saturday, when Mussina held the Mets to two earned runs on five hits, including a pair of homers by Carlos Delgado and Cliff Floyd, and no walks while striking out seven, Mussina's tenth quality start in ten tries on the year.

Last year, the Yankees needed a tie breaker to win the division in part because they went 11-14 against the Royals and Devil Rays, a record that was much uglier before they swept their final three games against each team. This year the Bombers have gone 7-1 against those two clubs. The Yankees have done well to split the 14 games they've played since Hideki Matsui's injury, but with Gary Sheffield back in the line-up (and despite Jorge Posada's absence), they need to pad their win total against the historically awful Royals this weekend.

*The Terrible Twenty:

.235 - 1916 Philadelphia Athletics
.248 - 1935 Boston Braves
.250 - 1962 New York Mets
.252 - 1904 Washington Senators
.257 - 1919 Philadelphia Athletics
.265 - 2003 Detroit Tigers
.273 - 1952 Pittsburgh Pirates
.276 - 1909 Washington Senators
.278 - 1942 Philadelphia Phillies
.279 - 1932 Boston Red Sox, 1939 St. Louis Browns, 1941 Philadelphia Phillies
.283 - 1915 Philadelphia Athletics, 1928 Philadelphia Phillies
.291 - 1911 Boston Braves
.294 - 1909 Boston Braves
.296 - 1911 St. Louis Browns
.298 - 1939 Philadelphia Phillies
.299 - 1937 St. Louis Browns, 1945 Philadelphia Phillies

Kansas City Royals

2006 Record: 10-35 (.222)
2006 Pythagorean Record: 12-33 (.261)

Manager: Buddy Bell
General Manager: Allard Baird

Home Ballpark (2005 Park Factors): Kauffman Stadium (99/99)

Who's Replaced Whom?

  • Matt Stairs has replaced Mike Sweeney (DL) at designated hitter and Joe Nelson has replaced him on the roster
  • Shane Costa has replaced David DeJesus (DL) in center field and Aaron Guiel has replaced him on the roster
  • Tony Graffanino has replaced Mark Teahen (minors) at third base and Andres Blanco has replaced him on the roster
  • Runelvys Hernandez has replaced Joe Mays (released)
  • Jimmy Gobble is holding Mark Redman's place in the rotation (bereavement list) and Leo Nunez is holding his spot on the roster, Redman had replaced Steve Stemle (DL)
  • Joel Peralta replaces Luke Hudson (minors)

Current Roster

1B – Doug Mientkiewicz (L)
2B – Mark Grudzielanek (R)
SS – Angel Berroa (R)
3B – Tony Graffanino (R)
C – John Buck (R)
RF – Emil Brown (R)
CF – Shane Costa (L)
LF – Reggie Sanders (R)
DH – Matt Stairs (L)


L – Aaron Guiel (OF)
R – Esteban German (IF)
S – Andres Blanco (IF)
L – Paul Bako (C)


R – Scott Elarton
L – Jeremy Affeldt
R – Runelvys Hernandez
L – Jimmy Gobble
R – Denny Bautista


R – Ambiorix Burgos
L – Andy Sisco
R – Elmer Dessens
R – Joel Peralta
R – Mike Wood
R – Joe Nelson
R – Leo Nunez

Bereavement List: L – Mark Redman
15-day DL: R – Mike Sweeney (DH), L – David DeJesus (CF), R – Chris Booker
60-day DL: R – Zack Greinke, R – Mike MacDougal, R – Steve Stemle, L – Bobby Madritsch

Typical Lineup

L – Shane Costa (CF)
R – Mark Grudzielanek (2B)
L – Doug Mientkiewicz (1B)
R – Reggie Sanders (LF)
L – Matt Stairs (DH)
R – Emil Brown (RF)
R – Tony Graffanino (3B)
R – Angel Berroa (2B)
R – John Buck (C)

Comments (274)
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2006-05-26 13:30:57
1.   unmoderated
get well indeed, jorge.
2006-05-26 13:36:22
2.   unmoderated
with an infield of Grudzielanek, Mientkiewicz, and Graffanino, i wonder if Baird has looked into a trade for Bloomquist, Betancourt, Omar Quintanilla or Tony Giarratano.
2006-05-26 13:43:18
3.   Shawn Clap
I wait patiently for your team previews Cliff, well done as usual.

I don't think there's any way German sits tonite. He may be the only one out of the lot to scratch a hit against Moose.

2006-05-26 14:42:02
4.   randym77
Johnny's back in CF, and Melky gets another try at LF.

Johnny Damon CF
Derek Jeter SS
Gary Sheffield DH
Jason Giambi 1B
Alex Rodríguez 3B
Robinson Canó 2B
Bernie Williams RF
Kelly Stinnett C
Melky Cabrera LF
SP: Mike Mussina

2006-05-26 14:46:20
5.   randym77
3 And Shawn is right, Germán is in.

Esteban Germán CF
Shane Costa RF
Reggie Sanders DH
Emil Brown LF
Tony Graffanino 3B
Angel Berroa SS
Doug Mientkiewicz 1B
John Buck C
Andrés Blanco 2B
SP: Scott Elarton

2006-05-26 15:03:03
6.   jkay
This cat has 9 lives.

Cubs call up veteran Womack

May 26 2006

CHICAGO (AP) --The Cubs called up veteran infielder Tony Womack from Triple-a Iowa on Friday and optioned Ryan Theriot to the minors.

Womack began the season with Cincinnati, which designated him for assignment
April 24. He signed a minor league deal with Chicago on May 17 and batted .467 for Iowa.

The 35-year-old Womack has made five postseason appearances in his 12 major
league seasons and helped Arizona win the 2001 World Series.

Womack has a .273 career average with 362 stolen bases. He played briefly for the Cubs in 2003.

Theriot appeared in six games with the Cubs since he was called up on May 8.

2006-05-26 15:27:58
7.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Womack is the least of the Cubbies' worries.

Zambrano had a no-no broken up with two outs in the 7th when Jacques Jones lost a ball in the sun, a ball which almost hit him he was so close to it.

And then they gave up three in the top of the 9th to lose -- the last two came on a fly-out to right. Yes, that's right, Andruw Jones tagged and scored from 2nd.

It's like watching the keystone kops.

2006-05-26 16:04:01
8.   Tarheel
Why does Joe bat the best hitter in the AL in the 5 spot?
2006-05-26 16:11:24
9.   Marcus
7 I caught a little the 7th on Gameday. It's probably a good thing for Zambrano's arm that Jones lost that ball in the sun. Zambrano was up to 124 pitches when Baker took him out with two outs in the 7th. My guess if Jones catches it there, Zambrano at least comes out for the eighth with a pitch count climbing beyond 130.
2006-05-26 16:12:25
10.   Cliff Corcoran
5 Where'd you get that line-up from? It's entirely wrong:

L – Shane Costa (CF)
R – Mark Grudzielanek (2B)
L – Doug Mientkiewicz (1B)
R – Reggie Sanders (LF)
L – Matt Stairs (DH)
R – Emil Brown (RF)
R – Tony Graffanino (3B)
R – Angel Berroa (2B)
R – Paul Bako (C)

2006-05-26 16:14:25
11.   Cliff Corcoran
4 Also, Melky's batting eighth ahead of Stinnett.

And while I'm at it, 10 the best hitter in the AL is Jim Thome.

2006-05-26 16:14:54
12.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
9 Z's a horse tho. IIRC he often gets high pitch pitches in the 130 neighborhood, b/c he walks a lot of men and he strikes out a lot too.

Proof that he can handle it is the fact that even Dusty hasn't managed to blow his arm out.

2006-05-26 16:16:09
13.   Cliff Corcoran
10 Bah, Sanders is in right, Brown in left, still . . .

And the second line of 11 references 8. I'll shut up now.

2006-05-26 16:17:01
14.   Tarheel
Thome is far from the best hitter in the AL. He probably won't even finish out the season. Give me a break.
2006-05-26 16:17:19
15.   Mattpat11
I don't understand why we're not winning yet
2006-05-26 16:18:50
16.   Cliff Corcoran
14 Actually, both for 2006 and historically, he qualifies as the best hitter in the AL, with Giambi his closest challenger. Check this piece I wrote two years ago:

2006-05-26 16:20:50
17.   Mattpat11
Oh Christ.
2006-05-26 16:21:33
18.   Marcus
12 I think you're right about his high pitch counts. And the walks; he walked Jeff Francoeur to force in a run in the first. It's a challenge to walk Francoeur. 6 BBs for Zambrano on the day.
2006-05-26 16:22:00
19.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
I guess this cinches it that we'll trade for Sanders this season.
2006-05-26 16:22:30
20.   Cliff Corcoran
17 Crap I forgot about Manny, but however you slice it, last year was a peak season for Rodriguez, he's a great hitter, but Thome, Giambi and Manny are typically better (Sheffield was, but I think he's dropped to even with Alex).

Reggie Sanders: Yankee killer. I'm just waiting for the Yankees to trade for him.

2006-05-26 16:23:21
21.   Cliff Corcoran
Man, I just keep missing the numbers, 20 references 16, not 17.
2006-05-26 16:24:25
22.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
7 pitch first inning for the Yank bats.

I hope this isn't another game where the scouting report says swing at the first pitch.

2006-05-26 16:24:50
23.   Mattpat11
For some reason I didnt think E-Mail was on the royals anymore.
2006-05-26 16:26:51
24.   Cliff Corcoran
Wow, the Yanks brough up Hill, not Nieves. Koyie, at least acording to Michael Kay, who says "Rojreegez" "Phillups" and "fift," is pronounced "Koy." confirms.

Smith is indeed the player sent down.

2006-05-26 16:27:40
25.   Marcus
22 I was thinking the same damn thing. That never seems to work out for the Yanks.

Do scouts really suggest that though? When would that be a good suggestion (honest question)? When a pitcher throws a lot of first pitch strikes?

2006-05-26 16:28:27
26.   Mattpat11
What the hell kind of throw was that?
2006-05-26 16:29:10
27.   Mattpat11
Did he just walk Angel fucking Berroa?
2006-05-26 16:29:44
28.   Cliff Corcoran
Graffanino was out and Berroa had drawn one walk all season before this game.
2006-05-26 16:31:15
29.   BklynBmr
26 I hear LeCroy is available...
2006-05-26 16:31:17
30.   Cliff Corcoran
24 Hill was hitting .141/.200/.219 in Columbus.
2006-05-26 16:31:22
31.   randym77
10 Sorry if it was wrong. That was what was posted at for tonight.
2006-05-26 16:31:43
32.   Cliff Corcoran
29 He can hit, all they'd need then is someone who can catch.
2006-05-26 16:31:45
33.   Marcus
I seems to have been well documented that Mussina's success this season is due in large part to his ability to get ahead in the count. This inning it seems he's had some trouble throwing first pitch strikes. Let's hope he settles in.
2006-05-26 16:32:51
34.   BklynBmr
32 Exactly ;-). I felt bad for him watching those throws down to second. That was brutal...
2006-05-26 16:33:44
35.   Cliff Corcoran
25 Yeah, some guys throw strikes early to get ahead and if you don't go after them you see nothing but junk after that, but you have to protect because you're down 0-2 or 1-2, but I don't think that's the case with a guy like Elarton who has more walks than Ks thus far this season.
2006-05-26 16:34:51
36.   Mattpat11
2006-05-26 16:35:12
37.   Cliff Corcoran
Wow, that last ball four was about 3 inches outside max. He's just missing.
2006-05-26 16:35:35
38.   BklynBmr
Isn't this what we're supposed to be doing to them? Long ball, working the counts, etc?
2006-05-26 16:35:38
39.   kylepetterson
easy now
2006-05-26 16:35:40
40.   randym77
Did he just walk the bases full? 0_o
2006-05-26 16:35:51
41.   Cliff Corcoran
36 Dude, it's the second inning, against the Royals, calm down.
2006-05-26 16:35:55
42.   Mattpat11
Perhaps Mike isn't aware that the Royals are really, really hideously bad.
2006-05-26 16:36:58
43.   Mattpat11
41 Yeah, he's going to throw 50 pitches over two innings against the Royals This is absurd.
2006-05-26 16:37:45
44.   Cliff Corcoran
That was the weirdest hit, I thought it had a chance to go out off the bat and it fell like 20 feet in front of Bernie in right.
2006-05-26 16:38:47
45.   Cliff Corcoran
43 Yes, but the odds of him settling down are very high.

By the way, if that runner on third scores his streak of quality starts is over.

2006-05-26 16:41:03
46.   tocho
I hate Kay, I mean its well known that Moose doesn't like him (and who can blame him) but he loves to trash Mussina.

this inning should have been over 3 batters ago with the "stolen" base.

2006-05-26 16:41:18
47.   Marcus
45 We'll blame it on Alex for jinxing him with the last blog entry title.
2006-05-26 16:42:11
48.   yankz
This had to have been the "Reverse Lock" of the day. Damn you, statistics.
2006-05-26 16:43:13
49.   Tarheel
This may be one of those 12-10 games. Moose probably won't get past the 5th.
2006-05-26 16:47:08
50.   Cliff Corcoran
That hit about a foot from the top of the wall, maybe less.
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2006-05-26 16:47:49
51.   randym77
Robby to the rescue.
2006-05-26 16:48:07
52.   Cliff Corcoran
That went about a foot from the plate, maybe more.
2006-05-26 16:48:46
53.   Tarheel
Are the Yanks going to make this guy look like an allstar tonight?
2006-05-26 16:49:09
54.   rilkefan
Cliff, interesting reading your Who's The Best etc post given the last few years of steroids revelations.

Also I think it doesn't make much sense to compare A-Rod and Wagner, coming as they did/do from such different eras. And given the widening of the talent pool, I rather suspect Wagner would be just an ok player today, esp. relatively speaking.

2006-05-26 16:49:44
55.   randym77
ROFL. Bernie's hitting lefty, I assume.
2006-05-26 16:50:58
56.   tocho
50 52 I don't know if that's funny or tragic.... Ok very funny.
2006-05-26 16:52:10
57.   Cliff Corcoran
Melky's feeling better out there, aye?
2006-05-26 16:53:43
58.   randym77
57 I dunno, can't watch the game. Was that a tough catch?
2006-05-26 16:54:24
59.   tocho
57 what a catch!! wow. he showed serious cojones, I mean concentration and focus.
2006-05-26 16:55:07
60.   Cliff Corcoran
58 Great running catch heading back into the gap, his reach made him fall on his chest as he made the catch.
2006-05-26 16:57:19
61.   randym77
60 Thanks. I'm sorry I missed it. I love that kind of play.
2006-05-26 17:00:13
62.   tocho
meanwhile in Boston, Kazmir v Wells.

should be interesting. bosox fans should be holding their breath to see what wells is able to do. I don't think they can afford trotting DiNardo or whomever replaced him.

Kazmir has been amazing this season v. other teams except the yankees.

2006-05-26 17:00:13
63.   Tarheel
Stinnett sucks. Should have given the start to the new call up.
2006-05-26 17:02:03
64.   tocho
these damn flyouts are killing me.
2006-05-26 17:02:56
65.   Tarheel
This is ugly. Let's go Yanks!
2006-05-26 17:04:50
66.   Cliff Corcoran
63 see 30
2006-05-26 17:08:47
67.   rilkefan
Moose wants that QS.
2006-05-26 17:09:58
68.   randym77
Any idea why they took Hill?
2006-05-26 17:10:30
69.   Tarheel
66. Maybe he just needs a change of scenery. Can't be much worse than Kelly.
2006-05-26 17:11:17
70.   Cliff Corcoran
That went about as far as Bernie's.
2006-05-26 17:12:55
71.   randym77
Was that Jeet's 2000th hit?
2006-05-26 17:13:45
72.   Simone
Congrats to the Captain!
2006-05-26 17:14:35
73.   randym77
Did Jeter bunt or what?
2006-05-26 17:15:11
74.   rilkefan
Here's to another 2k.
2006-05-26 17:15:17
75.   tocho
great stadium moment there.

he is definitely THE Captain.

2006-05-26 17:15:54
76.   Simone
I'm not watching. Was that an error or a hit for Derek?

Kazmir's defense letting him down.

2006-05-26 17:16:58
77.   randym77
A-rod comes through in the clutch!
2006-05-26 17:17:14
78.   wsporter
Wow the Captain 2000 hits, SB and a big run.

A-Rod big hit, not much difference there beteen that and coming up small. This is a wierd game.

2006-05-26 17:17:16
79.   tocho
they are all making fun at jeter for that "hit"
2006-05-26 17:17:41
80.   singledd
ARod keeps hitting rockets right at people. Fortunately, the CF'er ain't to good.
Clutch 1 for ARod
2006-05-26 17:18:47
81.   Tarheel
How many career hits does Arod have? He should be getting close to 2k.
2006-05-26 17:20:03
82.   Tarheel
I can't understand why MLB Extra Innings doesn't show Friday games. (Tomorrow's game isn't on, either.) I have to listen on the radio.
2006-05-26 17:20:10
83.   Simone
Good job, A-Rod.
2006-05-26 17:20:57
84.   tocho
81 1949
2006-05-26 17:22:12
85.   rilkefan
84 - including 440 home runs.
2006-05-26 17:24:00
86.   singledd
Key just said about Tiger Woods and Jete's 2000th hit: "He's probably had putts longer then that hit". At first I thought he said: "He probably has a putz longer then that hit".
2006-05-26 17:24:16
87.   Tarheel
They need Giambi to heat up again.
2006-05-26 17:25:54
88.   Tarheel
Does the DH have to be used for the pitcher in the AL or can it be used for any position player?
2006-05-26 17:27:33
89.   tocho
Moose has recovered nicely. 82 pitches through 5. that damn bloop single....

everybody hang on, here comes stinnett and the breeze of his swinging strikes!!

2006-05-26 17:27:51
90.   singledd
78 Stats in baseball as very much results oriented. Jete's hits the ball 20 feet... and it's a hit. ARod hits a rocket 350 feet that's barely in the air 2 seconds, and it's almost an out.

When you hit the ball, where it goes is luck/fate. ARod has hit the ball hard in the last week, with little to show for it.

2006-05-26 17:29:56
91.   singledd
Melky is beginning to uppercut the ball. That's a very bad idea.
2006-05-26 17:30:30
92.   Tarheel
Does that SOB even have a hit this year?
2006-05-26 17:30:40
93.   JeremyM
Hill was really hitting .141 and got called up? Ouch. I've really taken Posada for granted all of these years.
2006-05-26 17:31:13
94.   yankz
Good god Stinnett is bad.
2006-05-26 17:31:18
95.   Tarheel
92. (I am talking about Stinnett.)
2006-05-26 17:32:49
96.   JeremyM
Hell, let's make Cairo a catcher, it can't be any worse.
2006-05-26 17:41:07
97.   Cliff Corcoran
And there's your quality start. Three innings to go, who pitches? Probably depends on what the top of the order does here.
2006-05-26 17:41:30
98.   randym77
C'mon, Yanks. It's getting late early around here.
2006-05-26 17:43:09
99.   tocho
Great play by Moose! Another QS, 11 out of 11.

He shook off many calls there by Stinnett and came after batters. the hit by stairs was a lucky reach down hit off a breaking ball. he's at 98 now.

top of the order. now please get some runs!!

2006-05-26 17:47:21
100.   Cliff Corcoran
Sheff adds to his foul home run total.
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2006-05-26 17:48:26
101.   Cliff Corcoran
Why did he swing at that awful pitch way way up and away?
2006-05-26 17:49:28
102.   Cliff Corcoran
Is the YES gun still slow? Jason's swinging through high "heat" that's in the upper 80s.
2006-05-26 17:50:36
103.   Cliff Corcoran
Off the top of the wall, tie game!
2006-05-26 17:51:57
104.   BklynBmr
OK, Giambi!!!! Sterling had that one in Southern Vermont...
2006-05-26 17:51:57
105.   Cliff Corcoran
Wow, replay shows, off the very top of the wall, like it came down on top of the wall, didn't hit the front of it.
2006-05-26 17:51:59
106.   randym77
Nice work, Giambino!
2006-05-26 17:52:56
107.   Cliff Corcoran
104 I would have too, I thought he had it.
2006-05-26 17:53:36
108.   Cliff Corcoran
The Royals just showed up.
2006-05-26 17:53:40
109.   singledd
Is it possible to come any closer to a HR?
2006-05-26 17:54:35
110.   Cliff Corcoran
Rodriguez needs to run harder out of the box if you ask me. I'm a defender of his, but he jogs rather than sprints to first.
2006-05-26 17:54:49
111.   BklynBmr
107 It sounded like it was going to leave the Stadium...

Too early to call that clutch, Alex. Sorry...

2006-05-26 17:54:54
112.   BxSparksNYC
They didn't check but boy did it look like Giambi missed the bag....
2006-05-26 17:55:01
113.   tocho
Off the bat I also thought it would land in vermont. I died a bit in the air. if Giambi had been running at full he would have had a triple.

get them!!

2006-05-26 17:55:17
114.   Cliff Corcoran
109 Only getting robbed by the outfielder.
2006-05-26 17:55:20
115.   wsporter
Well that explains a lot. Ouch.

2 clutch hits A-Rod.

2006-05-26 17:55:26
116.   randym77
Now that was clutch.
2006-05-26 17:55:38
117.   claybeez
82Tomorrow's game isn't on because of a deal with FOX. No other games can be aired live during the FOX 1pm-7pm window, except for local coverage. We buy Extra Innings and spend a good part of the season without any Friday or Saturday games. Blows.
2006-05-26 17:56:05
118.   BxSparksNYC
110 - what's this new flip thing his doing today too..that's twice now...
2006-05-26 17:56:10
119.   Cliff Corcoran
113 Ditto Rodriguez on his single+error.
2006-05-26 17:56:25
120.   singledd
110 Agreed.
Could he have had 3 on that one?
2006-05-26 17:56:45
121.   tocho
113 should read "it died a bit"...
2006-05-26 17:57:30
122.   singledd
Common Bernie. We could use one more!
2006-05-26 17:57:39
123.   Simone
Nice, A-Rod and Giambi.

Boomer just got hit on his reconstructed knee by a ball and is out of the D'Ray/Boston game. This may be it for his career.

2006-05-26 17:59:19
124.   Cliff Corcoran
So? Try to get a quickie inning out of Moose, then Farns Mo? Or go straight to Farnsworth? Or Proctor? Bottom of the order up, Moose is at 98 pitches.
2006-05-26 17:59:28
125.   BklynBmr
123 Don't worry. He'll be back in pinstripes after his outright release...
2006-05-26 17:59:56
126.   tocho
Decision time: I would bring out Moose, and let him "empty his tank" as torre would say.

the classic formula if he gives up a hit or a walk he gets the hook and should give way to proctor/myers.

2006-05-26 17:59:57
127.   rilkefan
123 - ouch, that's not how I would have liked to see him leave the game - he did a lot of great things as a Yankee.
2006-05-26 18:00:15
128.   Cliff Corcoran
Proctor is Torre's call, I was just going to say I give Moose until the first man reaches the go to Farnsworth.
2006-05-26 18:01:23
129.   tocho
proctor in. 126 nobody listens to me
2006-05-26 18:04:45
130.   singledd
123 Wells was pitching very 'well'. 1 run, 4 hits after 4. After the shot off his knee, he was rolling on the ground in pain... almost looked like he was crying.

Don't know if he will come back from that one. TB up 1-0 after 4.

2006-05-26 18:04:47
131.   randym77
Just as well. Moose turns into a pumpkin at 100 pitches and he was at 98.

I dunno about Proctor, though.

2006-05-26 18:04:49
132.   randym77
Just as well. Moose turns into a pumpkin at 100 pitches and he was at 98.

I dunno about Proctor, though.

2006-05-26 18:05:38
133.   Cliff Corcoran
Proctor almost gave Cano Brian Roberts disease.
2006-05-26 18:08:29
134.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
That lead was nice while it lasted.
2006-05-26 18:09:56
135.   Cliff Corcoran
2006-05-26 18:24:37
136.   randym77
YES has article about Dotel. He expects to join the Yanks June 15.
2006-05-26 18:25:01
137.   BklynBmr
Is it my ISP or is the Banter slow tonight?
2006-05-26 18:26:30
138.   randym77
It was really slow for awhile, but seems to be fixed now.
2006-05-26 18:27:04
139.   Tarheel
Proctor is beginning to come back to earth. I think Manny scared him.
2006-05-26 18:27:56
140.   BklynBmr
Thanks, randym. 3-1 Red Sox. Ortiz cleared bases with a double in the 5th...
2006-05-26 18:28:23
141.   singledd
Wow. BB and MLB go down at the same time. 30 seconds of sheer terror. MLB still down for me.
2006-05-26 18:29:22
142.   Tarheel
If Arod was having Sheff's game tonight, he would be getting killed by the boo-birds.
2006-05-26 18:29:50
143.   wsporter
141 Me too. Very annoying.
2006-05-26 18:31:25
144.   singledd
I'm tired of this MLB shit. Monopoly! Price fixing! I say class action suit! Any lawyers out there (and MLB still down).
2006-05-26 18:31:42
145.   randym77
MLB has been fine for me.

Farnsy's taken over for Myers...

2006-05-26 18:32:44
146.   bp1
Methinks Joe is going to pitch Proctor's arm off this year. It might be my imagination, but it seems that he is in every stinking game. Keep this up and the Yankees will have to open a credit line w/ Dr Andrews.

Geez. Stairs just creamed that pitch from Farns. C'mon, guys. Y'all seem like you're wearing leaden uniforms tonight.


2006-05-26 18:33:23
147.   randym77
142 Sheff has not been very impressive since he's been back. I think people are cutting him some slack because of his injury, or he would be hearing it.
2006-05-26 18:34:08
148.   singledd
Sox up 5-1 on Lowell HR.
2006-05-26 18:34:15
149.   tocho
MLB and the BB were out for me too.

now BB back on and MLB tells me I have logged in too many times. no shit, if your system wouldn't die every inning I would only log on once.

144 I'm a lawyer. No case.

2006-05-26 18:35:15
150.   singledd
Shef has been swinging at everything. He should have about 4 more walks. Very over-anxious.
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2006-05-26 18:35:34
151.   Tarheel
Is the video on the any good or is it some shitty streaming video deal?
2006-05-26 18:36:50
152.   singledd
149 Common. They'ld settle for lifetime sunscriptions for all of us. Bad PR. MLB still down.
2006-05-26 18:37:41
153.   bp1
No excuse to walk Graf on four pitches. Geez. Farnsworth - he's gonna give me a stroke this year.


2006-05-26 18:38:29
154.   singledd
Why do we struggle against such shitty teams?
2006-05-26 18:38:32
155.   Cliff Corcoran
Angel Berroa?
2006-05-26 18:38:45
156.   bp1
You gotta be kidding me.
2006-05-26 18:38:54
157.   singledd
2006-05-26 18:38:57
158.   randym77
Arrrgh. C'mon, Farnsy. Get it together.
2006-05-26 18:39:06
159.   unmoderated
aw crap.
2006-05-26 18:39:12
160.   Cliff Corcoran
Off Cabrera's glove. Off the pinky.
2006-05-26 18:39:18
161.   BklynBmr
149 Don't have MLB, but Gameday Audio will tell me I've logged in too many times if I shut off of my desktop and try to log on with my laptop. The entire media delivery is horsesh*t backend development.
2006-05-26 18:39:27
162.   Tarheel
This bullpen is awful.
2006-05-26 18:39:33
163.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
WEll even teams that have lost 13 in a row have to win sometime, right?


2006-05-26 18:39:50
164.   Simone
2006-05-26 18:39:59
165.   3rd gen yankee fan
Okay WTH is goin on here! We need to take this game back, NOW.
2006-05-26 18:41:33
166.   singledd
Hit Melky's glove.
2006-05-26 18:43:10
167.   randym77
Should Melky have gotten that?
2006-05-26 18:47:13
168.   bp1
A-Rod. Way to keep the string moving. The rain is coming down. I smell a comeback.
2006-05-26 18:47:31
169.   Cliff Corcoran
167 It was well over the wall, would have been a tremendous catch, particularly for a guy who's 5'3" like Melky. He could have, but I wouldn't say "should."
2006-05-26 18:47:41
170.   unmoderated
a rod has been big tonight. important hits.
2006-05-26 18:47:44
171.   Simone
Alex is having a good game. See, slump over all ye doubters.
2006-05-26 18:49:22
172.   wsporter
Alex is hitting the crap out of the ball the last week or so. The hits are starting to fall in. Bout time they did.
2006-05-26 18:50:31
173.   BklynBmr
163 The bookie will tell you "never bet against the streak"... That's how they get you coming and goin', however...
2006-05-26 18:51:52
174.   singledd
"Wells comes off DL, gets injured, leaves game". ESPN headline. Poor guy is hit in the knee that was just operated on.

Man on 3rd with no out is like a curse for us.

2006-05-26 18:52:08
175.   randym77
Melky is 5'-3"? He's listed at 5'-11".
2006-05-26 18:52:32
176.   Mattpat11
Awful AB by Cano.

And Farnsworthless is really pissing me off. I miss Tom Gordon.

2006-05-26 18:52:46
177.   wsporter
That was really bad. Fry an egg on the manager's head. Jesus there is something to at least seeing if he can throw a strike.
2006-05-26 18:53:34
178.   unmoderated
he looks 5' 3"
his porcelain doll face doesn't help, either.


did i just get my man card revoked?

2006-05-26 18:54:02
179.   singledd
Melky was playing shallow. He did not have much time to time his lead once he got back to the wall. Had he been playing deeper, he would have had a better shot... but he just got to the wall when he had to leap.

Would have been a great play. Tipped his glove. Missed catching it by about 2 inches.

2006-05-26 18:54:25
180.   joejoejoe
Cashman needs to deploy the Batsignal and summon Dotel.
2006-05-26 19:01:34
181.   yankz
This is making me so sad.
2006-05-26 19:02:32
182.   yankz
At least we have Kelly "O-fer" Stinnett to start a 9th inning rally.
2006-05-26 19:03:25
183.   unmoderated
joe will pinch hit for stinnett.

my guess is T-Long.

2006-05-26 19:03:29
184.   singledd
2nd and 3rd with n0 out against the worst pitching staff in the league... and we manage to squeeze only one. Pathetic.

Shit. Moose against the worst team in baseball.

2006-05-26 19:03:43
185.   JeremyM
Is Hill really on the roster now? Then they can at least go to a pinch hitter.
2006-05-26 19:03:49
186.   Mattpat11
What an embarassment.
2006-05-26 19:04:14
187.   randym77
I must say, Melky doesn't look 5'-11" and 170 pounds.
2006-05-26 19:04:16
188.   BklynBmr
No way Stinnett leads off the 9th, unless KC busts out for about 6 more here...
2006-05-26 19:10:42
189.   BklynBmr
After high-intensity series on the road, with the Mutts and Sox, you could see this let down coming. Torre should have come down with a '24-hour flu' and let Bowa manage this one, if you know what I mean...

I hope I'm eatin' these words 20 minutes from now...

2006-05-26 19:11:11
190.   singledd
The field is an accident waiting to happen. Look out.
2006-05-26 19:12:47
191.   jkay
Rain delay.
2006-05-26 19:15:04
192.   Mattpat11
I really, really miss Tom Gordon.
2006-05-26 19:15:55
193.   randym77
I don't believe it. Half an inning to go, and there's a rain delay? It must really be raining.
2006-05-26 19:16:47
194.   tocho
for those of you watching or in NY. do you think they'll resume play?
2006-05-26 19:17:01
195.   Mattpat11
193 Pouring. The field is soaked.
2006-05-26 19:18:14
196.   tocho
It funny (or probably not) I'm working on a document that is a waterfall mechanism...
2006-05-26 19:18:40
197.   jkay
Weather service says rain will end around 10:15.
2006-05-26 19:19:40
198.   Mattpat11
its 10:15 now.
2006-05-26 19:20:27
199.   C2Coke
Hey, will Jorge heal with extra to rest due to rain delay? Sorry I am SERIOUSLY dreaming here.

But really, how bad is the rain? The game will come back on right?

2006-05-26 19:22:24
200.   C2Coke
It's kinda hilarious that I can watch Channel 9 news on
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2006-05-26 19:23:24
201.   joejoejoe
It's like The Natural.

When Stinnett steps up after the rain delay the air will be charged and he'll tear the cover of the ball. Or get HBP. Then Damon singles. The the real life Natural comes up, three-run tater for Mr. 2002, Number 2, Derek Sanderson Jeter. Cue music. Live happily ever after with Glenn Close instead of Kim Basinger. That's like picking Suzyn Waldman over Miss Universe.

2006-05-26 19:24:22
202.   C2Coke
According to Channel 9, we are ready to wrap up in the Bronx after the break.
2006-05-26 19:26:44
203.   rsmith51
I just got home. I was hoping for extra innings.

Our best pitcher against a historically bad team... Hmmmm

2006-05-26 19:27:08
204.   C2Coke
Nope, still in delay. They showed the Stadium, it's still pouring.
2006-05-26 19:28:16
205.   BklynBmr
Anyone watching the Sox-Rays on NESN? I had the sound down, but Foulke was pulled in the 8th after letting up a run (now 7-4 Sox), and he seemed to get into it with some Sox fans sitting in the first row over the dugout. It appeared they said something as he was about to walk down the steps, but stopped and engaged them. Then slams his glove onto the bench and storms down the walkway. Just wondering if anyone caught it?
2006-05-26 19:28:16
206.   C2Coke
203 Our best pitcher settled down, the bullpen however is falling apart.
2006-05-26 19:29:51
207.   Tarheel
Joe should flip-flop Sheff and Arod.
2006-05-26 19:31:06
208.   rsmith51
Just looked at the box score. what is going on with Farnsworth? How soon will Dotel get here?
2006-05-26 19:33:09
209.   Mattpat11
208 He's pitching like Kyle Farnsworth.
2006-05-26 19:35:02
210.   Tarheel
He strikes out Ortiz with bases loaded on the road and then lets a weak hitting KC Royal jack one out with 2 on at home. Go figure. I guess Mo has just spoiled all Yankee fans with his total domination over the years. There must be a reason that relief pitchers are not starters.
2006-05-26 19:35:27
211.   rsmith51
I predict Torre pinch hits Cairo. I would probably use Andy or maybe even Long(that saying something...).
2006-05-26 19:37:26
212.   Mattpat11
210 The situation leading up to Ortiz was completely is own doing.

I miss Tom Gordon.

2006-05-26 19:40:08
213.   C2Coke
212 Same here, and I didn't even like him.

The rain is definitly worse.

2006-05-26 19:42:06
214.   Tarheel
Will they be able to finish this game?
2006-05-26 19:45:22
215.   tocho
couple of frustrating things tonight:

- Moose pitched very well after the second inning. I don't understand why he did not start the 7ht. Probably Joe is over-protecting him.
- Melky changed his approach, as someone mentioned he is now trying to get the HR instead of getting on base (which he was doing great).
- The yanks were 1 hit away of getting a nice lead in two occassions and failed with runners on 2nd and 3rd.
- Farnsworth and Proctor.
- last but not least, this rain that will probably keep the game from finishing.

anyway, let's just hope they win this series. take care

2006-05-26 19:50:17
216.   Mattpat11
Christ help them if they invent a way to lose the series. Its bad enough that they're not seeping
2006-05-26 19:52:50
217.   Tarheel
Does anyone here ever read the posts on the YES website? Those folks over there are the most negative people I have ever seen. I don't understand how most of those people can even claim to be Yankee fans.
2006-05-26 19:54:14
218.   Mattpat11
I take it they're not thrilled with being on the losing end against perhaps thr worst team ever?
2006-05-26 19:54:18
219.   BklynBmr
WCBS News bimbo: "The Yankees are in a rain delay because of the rain."
2006-05-26 19:58:46
220.   C2Coke
Does anyone near the Bronx can estimate when the rain can stop for a bit? The Weather Channel says "scattered rain," any chance they can finish the game? How long before they decide to end the game without finishing the 9th?
2006-05-26 20:01:41
221.   randym77
Melky's catch was a Webgem on ESPN.

Too bad he couldn't rob that 3-run homer. (I miss Bubba Crosby.)

They talked about Derek Jeter's 2000th hit, but didn't show it.

2006-05-26 20:04:29
222.   Mattpat11
221 I'd much, much, much rather Melky than Bubba Crosby. I keep forgetting Bubba is gone.
2006-05-26 20:10:13
223.   Cliff Corcoran
222 Amen.
2006-05-26 20:16:23
224.   randym77
219 ROFL. Nothing gets by them, eh?
2006-05-26 20:36:32
225.   3rd gen yankee fan
Can anyone explain's recent obsession with music promotion?
2006-05-26 20:43:46
226.   rsmith51
Any ideas if they are going to continue?
2006-05-26 20:43:46
227.   rsmith51
Any ideas if they are going to continue?
2006-05-26 20:49:44
228.   BklynBmr
Game will be back on in 3 minutes, (11:49 est) according to WCBS...
2006-05-26 20:54:03
229.   BklynBmr
Action will resume at midnight (est) according to Sterling...
2006-05-26 20:59:33
230.   3rd gen yankee fan
T. Long in for Stinnett...
2006-05-26 21:00:29
231.   BklynBmr
Stones' "Start Me Up" on the PA system. Long will lead off. Time to turn that 'streak breaker' into a pumpkin. Joe Nelson pitching for KC...
2006-05-26 21:00:53
232.   Rob Gee
qaqswwdgf Long wtdfvcfjxkgjsd Long eqwsdtrxfg
2006-05-26 21:01:52
233.   Mattpat11
do we have anyone else on the bench?
2006-05-26 21:02:17
234.   rsmith51
Cairo and Phillips
2006-05-26 21:02:58
235.   BklynBmr
Base hit to short center for Long!
2006-05-26 21:03:26
236.   BklynBmr
Damon up...
2006-05-26 21:03:32
237.   Mattpat11
234 Anyone good?
2006-05-26 21:04:33
238.   rsmith51
237 Sadly, I was OK with Long batting against a RH.
2006-05-26 21:05:24
239.   BklynBmr
Damon skies out to right. Crowd of 48,000 down to maybe 1,000, Sterling estimates...
2006-05-26 21:07:54
240.   Mattpat11
I don't think I've ever seen Jeter pull a HR. It almost startled me when he almost did it.
2006-05-26 21:07:56
241.   Simone
Jeter walks. Something good may happen here.
2006-05-26 21:08:18
242.   BklynBmr
Cap walks on 3-2 pitch... Iron Sheff and Giambi up next...
2006-05-26 21:09:47
243.   3rd gen yankee fan
2006-05-26 21:09:50
244.   Mattpat11
The Royals CF really, really suck.
2006-05-26 21:09:58
245.   Simone
Yeah, Sheff. It is on you, Jason. I believe.
2006-05-26 21:10:33
246.   Mattpat11
Come on Jason, at least hit it in the air.
2006-05-26 21:10:34
247.   BklynBmr
Sheff singles to center, Long scores. Jetes to third...
2006-05-26 21:11:17
248.   BklynBmr
Pitching change for KC...
2006-05-26 21:11:26
249.   wsporter
Can Giambi get a Fly Ball here?
2006-05-26 21:11:58
250.   tocho
I think Sheff should be standing on 2nd. why are they not running hard? would have avoided the DP ball.

anyway 1 more run and we have extra baseball for everyone!!

C'mon Jason, a flyball will do!

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2006-05-26 21:13:02
251.   Mattpat11
250 Everyone thought it was going to be caught. Cant advance too far.
2006-05-26 21:13:44
252.   Mattpat11
Just a fly ball, Jason...
2006-05-26 21:13:46
253.   wsporter
2006-05-26 21:14:19
254.   BklynBmr
Fireballer Cisco on for KC. Giambi hits into 4-6-3 DP...


2006-05-26 21:14:40
255.   Simone
Damn. Oh well, the Royals were due. The Yankees will get them tomorrow.
2006-05-26 21:14:52
256.   Mattpat11
Well, that was a waste of two hours of my life.

I hope the Yankees are as embarassed as I am. You just lost to what may be the worst team ever. What a fucking joke.

2006-05-26 21:14:54
257.   tocho
damn, I can't believe we waited this long for a stupid DP ball.

ay giambi

2006-05-26 21:15:58
258.   Cliff Corcoran
I really thought they were gonna win that one.
2006-05-26 21:16:23
259.   Mattpat11
And If I hear the words "due" from anyone on this team I'll lose it. They are a disgustingly bad team. You want to win the world series. You find a way to beat them.

Absolute joke.

2006-05-26 21:17:29
260.   bobtaco
2006-05-26 21:17:48
261.   Cliff Corcoran
259 Chill out, it's baseball, this'll happen. They do have to win the next two, however.
2006-05-26 21:20:53
262.   Mattpat11
261 I just wasted five hours of my life on this bullshit game. I'm not going to go "Oh well, its just baseball!" Part of me hopes that that these games that don't matter and no one should get upset about cost us the division.

I don't even care what they do the rest of the weekend. Get swept for all I care. They don't.

2006-05-26 21:23:14
263.   BklynBmr
261 Very true. If they do happen to either lose this series or get swept, I'm expecting some deals/roster moves — M*A*S*H unit or not...
2006-05-26 21:28:31
264.   Cliff Corcoran
262 I don't mean "it's just baseball" I mean terrible teams beat good ones all the time in baseball (unlike in Football). That's why they play so many games. You just can't get this upset over a single game in May, I don't care who it is who beat them. I could understand if they did something wrong, made a bunch of errors, if Joe pulled the wrong strings, but Angel Berroa hit a 3-run homer off Kyle Farnsworth in the eighth, that's just tough luck. Get over it. But above even that, don't acuse the players of not trying to win. That's just absurd. Fercryinoutloud, after a two-hour rain delay they had three outs to make up a two-run deficit and they almost did it.
2006-05-26 21:29:52
265.   Cliff Corcoran
263 Dunno about that, didn't happen last year when the Royals swept 'em, and they had a much worse record then.
2006-05-26 21:33:51
266.   JeremyM
Look on the bright side, Mussina will be fresh for his next start after being inexplicably pulled after the 6th.

I realize Torre probably knows more about what's going on with his players, but that was a real head-scratcher.

2006-05-26 21:37:11
267.   Mattpat11
264 I'm sure they care. It just drives me batty that they play like this against Scott fucking Ellarton and what could be the worst team ever.
2006-05-26 21:38:08
268.   Cliff Corcoran
266 Eh, I thougt he should have left him in, but I don't think it was that inexplicable, Moose was at 98 pitches and he only needed three innings out of the pen.
2006-05-26 21:44:35
269.   JeremyM
Well, I guess when one of those innings has to come from the struggling Proctor, it gets into that territory. Can't blame him for Farnsworth though. A three-run homer to Angel Berroa? Yuck.
2006-05-26 21:46:57
270.   Mattpat11
269 I'm also very sick of Farnsworth.
2006-05-26 21:52:32
271.   BklynBmr
265 Have to check last year's W-L at that time, but my fading memory recalls us finally getting a few games above .500 and looking to feast on KC and really get on a roll. Then boom. Could be wrong about that.

This year could be different. Injuries are big difference from underpreforming. Zilla's gone. Jorge is still a big question. Unit hasn't found it yet. Wright's groin is barking. What about Chacon? Even Bubba, like him as a 25th man or not. Giambi is almost back to "please go to the minors".

I dunno either, but I can't see the FO letting this team get any deeper than 5 back with this crew before shaking things up. Hopefully we won't get to that point...

2006-05-26 22:09:05
272.   Cliff Corcoran
270 Other than tonight and the near-loss in Texas, what has Farnsworth done wrong this year?
2006-05-26 22:25:00
273.   joejoejoe
KC - 2 HR, 4BB
NY - 0 HR, 2BB

That won't happen very often. It's just one of those games. The sun'll come out tomorrow.

One thing to look out for is the return of the Mussina gopher ball. He's been excellent this year but he's given up 6 HRs in his last 4 starts.

2006-05-26 23:24:12
274.   markp
How far do you have to go to see the guy leading the team in OPS (and 6th in the AL)as: Giambi is almost back to "please go to the minors"?

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